Shooting Times & Country 29-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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learn, then judge

I was interested to read about an imminent ban on snaring in Wales (p6). There will be lots of people who are delighted by this news. After all, the consensus among the public seems to be that snaring is a cruel and outdated practice. A couple of years ago,I realised it wasn’t something I knew that much about. So I was really pleased a short time after to drive around a wild bird shoot with a gamekeeper who took me through every part of the process. He showed me, in intricate detail, how he seeks to minimise suffering and explained why snaring is a vital tool for keepers and conservationists who are trying to save grey partridges and ground-nesting birds. I fully appreciate why those who know nothing about it might find…

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wales is set to ban a ‘vital tool’ for conservationists

The Welsh government has announced a plan to ban snaring. The move, which will place further pressure on the country’s already struggling ground-nesting bird populations, was afforded a single sentence in a newly issued policy document. There had been signs that the Welsh government might make a move to restrict the use of snares when it issued a consultation earlier this year which said that “it is the Law Commission’s view that, in the future, the operation and inspection of snares may benefit from additional regulations prescribing how relevant snares should be operated and inspected”. Shooting and countryside groups have worked with the Welsh government to develop a code of practice on snaring. There is now anger that all that work has been discarded in favour of a ban. “The snare is a…

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pinkfeet arrive in scotland

The season’s first migrating pink-footed geese have been spotted off Scotland’s north coast. The birds, which breed in Iceland and Greenland, have become an increasingly important part of the winter’s sport for wildfowlers in the northern parts of the UK and particularly on the east coast of Scotland. Shooting Times’s network of wildfowlers noticed a relatively small arrival of the birds in the late summer, with a number of fowlers speculating these were birds that had failed to breed. Now, the first in-season arrivals have been spied passing over Fair Isle. The island, which is halfway between Orkney and Shetland, is often the first place where winter migrants are spotted as they come in. The skein of around 24 geese was heading into a south-easterly wind and the larger arrivals, which usually come…

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hunters protest in france

Thousands of French hunters, many wearing their orange hunting vests, have taken to the streets to protest against changes to the law. In Mont-de-Marsan in south-west France, police counted more than 13,000 people taking part in the protests, which marchers marked by setting off firecrackers and blowing traditional hunting horns. The immediate cause of the protest has been a series of decisions by France’s top court, which has banned or restricted traditional practices such as glue trapping and turtle dove hunting. However, speaking to France24, Eric, a 47-year-old from Gascony, suggested it had deeper roots. “I’m sick of seeing my culture fall to pieces. They’ve already eradicated my language, Gascon, now it’s the traditional hunts,” he said. Another protester told the online paper: “Let the urbanites leave us alone.” UK hunters reacted with a barrage…

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to do this week

SHOOT Practise your gun mount. The game and wildfowling seasons are now in full swing and one of the best things you can do to hit more birds is to practise your skills. Draw the curtains and repeat your gun mount 20 times in front of the mirror. DEER Tune into your senses to locate rutting stags. When the red rut gets under way, the easiest way to find stags is to listen for their roar, but when you learn to recognise it, the smell of a stag can be just as helpful for finding them in woodland. Learning to spot wallows can provide another useful clue.…

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scottish gamekeepers oppose ban on lead

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) has restated its opposition to a transition away from the use of lead shot. The SGA was the only shooting or gamekeeping organisation not to back the five-year voluntary transition away from lead. Now, in a message encouraging members to engage with the Health & Safety Executive’s lead ammunition consultation, the association has reiterated that position. The message said: “Some countryside shooting organisations, led by BASC, have publicly declared they are behind the phasing out of lead over five years and are working with the UK Government. The SGA was asked to sign up for this position but did not do so. The SGA remains unconvinced by present evidence, particularly on how humane and safe lead shot alternatives, currently in development, are when it comes to wildlife…