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Hunting & Fishing
Shooting Times & Country

Shooting Times & Country


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 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
the ultimate diy

When it comes to game I often feel familiarity breeds apathy. I love woodpigeon but I have to admit, over the past month, I’ve become very aware there are 40 breasts in my freezer, not to mention a drawer full of partridges. At a party last week I got chatting to someone about shooting. They’d grown up in a city but had a real interest in food and the environment. They stopped me mid-sentence to say how incredible they thought it must be to harvest your own meat from a sustainable source. The following day, I found myself reflecting on the encounter and concluded they were absolutely right. The relationship people who hunt have with the food on their table is an enviable thing. It won’t have escaped your notice that there’s…

2 min.
keepers slam shake-up to scottish general licences

A major shake-up to the general licences for Scotland has been heavily criticised by gamekeepers. Under the new regime announced by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), rooks and greater black-backed gulls can no longer be killed to protect wild birds. Greater black-backed gulls and collared doves can no longer be killed to prevent damage to livestock and crops, and only Canada geese and feral pigeons can be killed to protect human health and safety. However, in good news for crofters, greylag geese will be able to be shot all year round. The responsibility to register crow traps will be transferred from the police to SNH and significant restrictions have been introduced on the use of licences on protected sites. Anyone using the licences on certain Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation will require permission…

1 min.
key general licences ended

Defra has temporarily reissued six key general licences for England that had been due to expire at the end of February. The licences being reissued cover crop and livestock protection, conservation of wild birds and protection of health. Defra said in a statement: “The current licences GL26, GL28, GL31, GL34, GL35 and GL36 will be reissued from 1 March to 31 July. No action is required by licence users, beyond the requirement to act in accordance with the licence conditions.” This should mean that there is no interruption to the protection of nesting birds and lambs during the critical spring period, though Wild Justice has indicated it may seek an injunction to prevent the licences being reissued. Outgoing environment secretary Theresa Villiers said last week: “We are working intensively on delivering a robust licensing…

1 min.
‘progress’ on antibiotic use

A wet spring and summer led to a small rise in the use of antibiotics for game birds last year. New figures from the Game Farmers’ Association, calculated using records of veterinary prescriptions, show a seven per cent rise compared with last year. A spokesman for the GFA said: “2019 was a tough year for game rearers. More birds than usual succumbed to sickness — associated in part with terrible weather conditions — and as a result vets prescribed more soluble antibiotics than in the year before, much of it to treat bad outbreaks of mycoplasma. Antibiotics in compounded feeds fell again, however, for the fourth year in a row.” The industry had been making substantial reductions in the use of antibiotics, with a 51 per cent decrease in prescriptions over two years. Chris…

1 min.
to do this week

SHOOT Use air rifles to control corvids. An air rifle can be an efficient tool for controlling nest-raiding magpies and crows. They provide an efficient and humane option where trapping or use of shotguns would not be appropriate. Effective use of camouflage and decoys will be necessary to bring your quarry within range. TRAPPING Brush up on your knowledge of traps and trapping. With just over a month until the use of Fenn traps for stoats becomes illegal, ensure you are familiar with the alternatives and have a stock of legal traps.…

1 min.
events diary

20 FEBRUARY WILDFOWLING SEASON ENDS, ENGLAND, WALES AND SCOTLAND (Below high water mark) 23 FEBRUARY BEST OF BRITISH VENISON Perry’s Field to Fork, The Old Cookery School, Eccleshall events.basc.org.uk/ events 23 FEBRUARY S&CBC LADIES’ CLAY SHOOTING Manchester Clay Shooting Ground, Eccles shotgunandchelsea bunclub.co.uk/events 28-29 FEBRUARY INTERMEDIATE DEER COURSE Baronscourt estate, County Tyrone events.basc.org.uk/ events 02 MARCH SNARING AND MUSTELID TRAPPING COURSES Hopetoun estate, West Lothian 01738 551511 ijohnston@gwct.org.uk 24 MARCH GWCT ROADSHOW FARNHAM The Castle Inn, Farnham gwct.org.uk/events…