Shooting Times & Country 15-Sep-2021

Since its launch in 1882, Shooting Times & Country Magazine has been at the forefront of the shooting scene. The magazine is the clear first choice for shooting sportsmen, with editorial covering all disciplines, including gameshooting, rough shooting, pigeon shooting, wildfowling and deer stalking. Additionally the magazine has a strong focus on the training and use of gundogs in the field and, because it is a weekly publication, the magazine keeps readers firmly up-to-date with the latest news in their world.

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52 Números

en este número

1 min.
getting together

Last weekend, I sat round the fire with two friends, drinking whisky, after we came back from flighting ducks. The bag was three. Not exactly a red-letter day but in truth the numbers, when it comes to wild sport, hardly matter. We’d started the evening with some fish and chips from the van that turns up in the village every Saturday and then we tucked in under the willow, after that, for a good hour as the sun went down and the ducks started to move across the sky. It was exactly the sort of occasion that so many of us went without last season, when the world was shut up and lonely. One of my friends is an ecologist and the other works on a hill farm with cattle. Like so…

2 min.
guntrader breach activist says actions ‘not criminal’

The anti-hunting activist who put an estimated 80,000 to 90,000 gun owners at risk has said they do not believe they have committed a crime (News, 8 September). Their comments came as cyber police launched a massive effort to find them and to have data stolen from the Guntrader website taken offline. The person, who uses the pseudonym Ernie Goldman, is believed to be the individual behind a file published online that allows users to zoom in on the locations of customers who used Guntrader. ‘Ernie’ told online technology paper The Register: “If a judge and jury of our peers finds us guilty of any offence, we will of course accept the punishment with good grace and apologise to anyone who can be defined as a victim. However, we don’t see what…

1 min.
new pet abduction offence

The Government is set to introduce a new criminal offence of pet abduction. The plans for the new offence, which could be used to target gundog thieves, came as a stolen spaniel was recovered in a police raid. Bonnie, a working gundog who was snatched from her home in Norfolk in January, was found by police in Wickford, Essex. Another dog taken at the same time remains missing. Police confirmed that when Bonnie was recovered, four men were arrested for a variety of offences, including burglary, criminal damage and criminal attempts. The decision to create a new offence has prompted both praise and criticism. The RSPCA welcomed the move, saying: “The new pet abduction offence will acknowledge the seriousness of this crime, and we hope this will encourage courts to hand out much…

1 min.
what shooting does for wales

BASC has asked the Senedd Cymru to convene an inquiry into the contribution of shooting to the Welsh economy and environment. Natural Resources Wales, the Welsh government’s environment agency, has made a series of what have been seen as anti-shooting moves in recent years, including radically altering the conditions of the general licences and refusing to renew shooting leases on land it owns. These moves have come despite shooting adding £75 million to the Welsh economy and supporting the equivalent of 2,400 full-time jobs, many in remote areas. Earlier this year, the Welsh government refused to support shooting businesses that were struggling as a result of COVID-19, saying it does not “support activity that may lead to animal cruelty as a leisure activity”. Welsh game Shot Robert Lewis said: “The Welsh government is…

2 min.
defra document raises fears of blanket ban

In a move that suggests it is looking to bring forward a ban on the use of lead ammunition, Defra has launched its online consultation on the substance and its alternatives. The UK appeared to have dodged a requirement to ban lead ammunition under the European Union Reach framework. Earlier this year, Defra said it would move towards a ban. Announcing the intention to phase out lead ammunition, environment minister Rebecca Pow said: “Addressing the impacts of lead ammunition will mark a significant step forward in helping to protect wildlife, people and the environment.” Now the consultation has been published online and its scope is far wider than anticipated. As well as covering game shooting and wildfowling, it will also try to capture information on “clay pigeons, paper targets, biathlon targets, silhouettes”…

1 min.
sinking feeling as shot contaminates uk wheat

Flour millers have appealed to sporting shooters and pest controllers to help tackle the problem of wheat becoming contaminated with shot. UK Flour Millers — the trade association for British flour producers — made the appeal after mills were forced to dispose of batches of flour as waste and to replace UK-grown wheat with imported grain when it was found to be contaminated with lead. Joe Brennan, UK Flour Millers’ senior technical adviser, told Shooting Times: “We would like to remind sporting shooters and pest controllers that they should not be shooting in grain stores as it can potentially contaminate flour and render it useless as a food product.” As it is small and dense, lead shot sinks to the bottom of grain piles and trailers and is missed by the sampling techniques…