choosing a gundog puppy

COVID-19 making gundog puppies pricier and harder to come by

Gundog puppies from traditional breeds such as spaniels and Labradors are becoming more expensive and harder to find due to raised demand following lockdown. Shooting Times contributor and gundog breeder Jeremy Hunt of Fenway Labradors remarked: “The demand for Labrador puppies, and not just working ones, has gone crazy. The…

Scottish stalking

What will the Scottish stalking season be like this year?

Usually at this time of year everyone involved in deer stalking in Scotland – ghillies, agents and guides – would be gearing up for the season ahead. However, thanks to the COVID-19 crisis, recreational stalking and sporting tourism have been hit hard. Scottish National Heritage (SNH) has ruled: “… Unaccompanied…

GWCT wetlands project

GWCT calls for vital funds to continue essential work

A letter to members of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) from chief executive Teresa Dent CBE, has illustrated the extent of financial support urgently needed by the Trust. In spring the charity was forced to cancel its fund raising events and lost its paid work due to the…

wear clay pigeon shooting

Clay grounds in England get the green light

The Clay Pigeon Shooting Association  (CPSA) has announced that clay grounds in England can reopen in a phased return. Iain Parker, CEO,  has declared that the CPSA has now received  governmental confirmation to recommend the re-opening of clayshooting grounds.  He explains: “Over the past 48 hours we have been working…

Eat Game Awards 2019

Who has won in the Eat Game Awards this year?

The annual Eat Game Awards, in association with Taste of Game and Purdey, reward those who encourage the cooking and eating of game and wild British produce, whether they excel in retail or in impressive culinary achievement. The nominees are chosen by the public.  The consumption of game is rising…

Game Aid meal bag

Support NHS heroes by funding a game-based meal bag

We know that medical staff have been under immense pressure during the COVID-19 crisis and for many it’s hard to find time to grab a bite to eat. So Game Aid is delivering free delicious meal bags to frontline NHS workers which contain a pheasant and pork pie, some fruit,…

grey partridges

Conservation in the age of coronavirus

I write this at a time of uncertainty and trepidation for all. COVID-19 has utterly changed our lives in a few short weeks. What the ramifications will 
be, both financial and physical, in 
the medium to long-term are topics 
of much concern and speculation. Those of us who live and…

Suffolk shoot on an autumn day

Shoots press ahead despite uncertainty over COVID-19

The likely effect of COVID-19 on shooting in the UK is becoming clearer as the initial panic starts to subside and more shoots decide how they will approach the coming season. The majority of shoot operators who spoke to Shooting Times said they intended to go ahead with shooting this…

shooters going to peg

COVID-19 makes shooting season ‘a huge gamble’

Shoots around the country have been wrestling with decisions about how many birds to put down, how many days to offer and whether to shoot at all. One gamekeeper told Shooting Times: “It is an enormous gamble. Potentially we are paying thousands of pounds to buy birds, then paying thousands…

dry stone walling

Don’t fall foul of the new trapping laws

Trapping laws and predator control The first days of March have brought respite from the winter storms. Rain and wind seems to have lashed the estate for an eternity and the very thought of spring seems weeks away, but this can suddenly change. The days are stretching out and two…

Pheasant shooting in New Zealand

How have other countries coped with the lead shot ban?

For advocates of lead 
ammunition, the arguments 
have become academic. The 
leaders of our major shooting and countryside organisations have 
signed a statement in support of the 
removal of lead — and single-use 
plastic — from all ammunition used 
for hunting game, within five years. Critics will not see this…

IWA outdoor classics exhibition

IWA Outdoor Classics 2020 rescheduled for September 2020

The IWA Outdoor Classics 2020 exhibition has been rescheduled for 3-6 September 2020 in Nuremberg, Germany. It was previously due to take place in early March but was postponed due to fears about the spread of coronavirus. Journalists from Shooting Times, Sporting Gun and Shooting Gazette attend the event annually…