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Clay Shooting Classic 2022 Thursday 26th-Sunday 29th May

The first day of the 2022 Clay Shooting Classic, taking place at the fantastic Orston Shooting Ground, is officially in the books, and to view all of the scores, just follow this link: https://www.orston.com/results-26th-may-2022-clay-shooting-classic/ The Clay Shooting Classic is firmly established as one of the highlights of the clay shooting…

Cornwall councillors speak up for hunting

Cornwall Council is likely to rebuff a petition seeking to have trail hunting banned on its land following a vote on 19 January. The official result will not be announced for several weeks, but commentators suggest it is “quite clear” which way it is likely to go. Speaking against the…

IPSWICH, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 13: Police guard the perimeter of a crime scene near Levington village where two female bodies were found on December 13, 2006 in Ipswich, England. Forensic teams are searching an area of woodland where the bodies of two women were found yesterday which are believed to be that of missing prostitutes Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)

Popular beater killed as vehicle falls from bridge

Police said the bridge had collapsed as the vehicle crossed it. The vehicle and trailer are understood to have been carrying members of the shoot’s beating team. A number of other people were seriously injured in the accident, which is reported to have happened around 4.30pm on 18 January during…

Muirburn

Burning helps store carbon according to new study

The claim that controlled burning is harmful and causes damaging releases of carbon dioxide has been increasingly used to criticise traditional upland management in recent years, with a focus on the use of muirburn on grouse moors. However, an authoritative new study has demonstrated that properly used, fire can boost…

firearms licensing

Firearms licensing system on the verge of collapse due to Covid

Late last year, North Yorkshire Police announced that it would not accept new firearm and shotgun certificate applications and instead will focus exclusively on renewals. Now Thames Valley, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Hampshire Police have adopted the same policy. Based on reports from readers, a number of other forces…

Illegal hare coursing to attract strict new punishments, promise DEFRA

Illegal hare coursing will soon be hit with a range of new powers and penalties after DEFRA announced a crackdown. The move follows a successful campaign by gamekeeper and Shooting Times contributor Ed Coles. (Read this piece on illegal hare coursing here.) Petition: Change the law to increase sentencing for…

changes to general licences on bird species

Significant changes to general licences

The general licences allow the control of a range of bird species which would otherwise be protected; these include species such as wood pigeons and carrion crows. They were widely seen as uncontroversial and effective and were used by farmers, shoots and conservation bodies. However their legality was challenged by…

Treat yourself to a subscription to Shooting Times or Sporting Gun

There’s nothing quite like relaxing comfortably in a chair after a long day and sitting down with a favourite fieldsports magazine, whether that’s Shooting Times or Sporting Gun. Cheaper prices The magazines also make a superb presents – and they really are the gift that will carry on giving. A…

Woodpigeon

More than a quarter of UK birds in serious decline

The list, which is drawn up by all the UK’s bird conservation groups including the GWCT, is updated every three years and categorises the status of birds as either red, amber or green. The ‘red list’ of birds of the highest conservation concern has increased in length by three species,…

Fox control safety tips

Ban on snaring could impact fox control efforts, warn gamekeepers

The announcement that the Scottish Government would consider the option of a ban on snaring came in response to a question from Labour’s Colin Smyth MSP. The regional list member for the South of Scotland asked Minister for Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform Mairi McAllan about whether the soon to…

Best Cyber Monday Wellies Deals

A pair of wellies by the door is the hallmark of a keen country type and they’re an item of footwear that can get hard wear. So we’ve searched through the best Cyber Monday Wellies deals around online so that you can save £££S on replacing yours – and maybe…

Brown hare

Police slammed for failing to act over mass coursing event

Some shocking footage has emerged of illegal hare-coursing in Bedfordshire this week pic.twitter.com/MCFkQPMdAw — Johann Tasker (@johanntasker) November 12, 2021 Footage posted online shows multiple vehicles and several dozen individuals openly coursing hares in broad daylight. The vehicles are shown being driven across recently drilled crops with individuals hanging out…

peasant

Pheasant releases improve biodiversity, research suggests

The paper used data from the poultry register to work out where pheasant releases were taking place and matched it against citizen science data from the NBN Trust. The scientists also identified control areas where no releases were taking place. While the effect on biodiversity of releasing pheasants was unclear,…