General Licence Natural England

The latest reactions to withdrawal of the general licences

Farmers, gamekeepers and recreational shooters have reacted with a mixture of anger and confusion to the decision by Natural England to withdraw the general licences for England with just two days notice at the height of the lambing and nesting seasons. The decision follows a legal challenge by the campaign…

crows in field with lamb

Threat to general licences

The general licences that allow for the shooting of pest bird species, including crows, feral pigeons, Canada geese and lesser black-backed gulls, are to be challenged in the courts by a campaign group. Wild Justice, a private company set up by TV presenter Chris Packham, raptor blogger Dr Ruth Tingay…

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Test your shooting knowledge and WIN!

In association with Shooting Times, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) is running a monthly competition to win a GWCT apron. So you can cook those game recipes in style and show off your mastery of shooting and rural matters at the same time. You’ll find the quiz every…

Numbers point to a record year for Big Farmland Bird Count

The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), which organises the Big Farmland Bird Count, said the results were dropping in every five minutes. Jim Egan of the GWCT said: “We look like having a record year in terms of the number of counts returned. I can say that, so far, 127…

Are you eligible for Woodcock Club membership?

It has been a vintage year for the Shooting Times Woodcock Club, with 39 new members — compared with 19 last year — and applications still coming in, which brings current membership to over 1,400.   The increase in applications, which are sent in by those who have shot a…

British Shooting Show

What to look out for at the British Shooting Show 2019

Thousands of shooting enthusiasts will descend 
on the NEC in Birmingham  
for the 2019 British Shooting Show. Shooting Times asked organiser John Allison why the show has proven increasingly popular. He explained it simply: “We get to know our visitors and find out what they want.” The show brings something…

vintage hunting photographs

Happy hunting memories

A rare chance to view an archive of hunting photographs should prove nostalgic for followers of West Country packs. The late Eric Green, who was a regular contributor to the West Somerset Free Press and manager of the forestry estate at Combe Sydenham, was a familiar figure with all the…

Dumped pheasant video provokes strong reaction from shooting organisations

The video was allegedly taken in November 2018 at Cotesbach Game farm in Leicestershire. Although it was found that the birds had been breasted, shooting organisations have united to condemn the activity shown. Liam Bell, Chairman of the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation said, “The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation is deeply dismayed by…

Big Farmland Bird Count

Big Farmland Bird Count back for 2019

Gamekeepers, farmers and land managers across the country are being asked to pledge their support to the Big Farmland Bird Count. The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust-led project is back for the sixth successive year. The GWCT is asking you to spend 30 minutes spotting species on a patch of…

Sir Ian Botham

RSPB is like a “giant squid” says Ian Botham

Sir Ian Botham has set his sights on the Royal Society of the Protection of Birds (RSPB), questioning why the charity needs a grand total of 34 press officers and 685 fundraisers. By comparison the British Red Cross has just 19 press officers and Macmillan Cancer Support 11. The former…

Tweed shop in Scotland

Poor grouse season affects local businesses and employment

Stocks of grouse are so low that several estates have had to postpone or even cancel shooting. A long, hard winter followed by weeks of hot sunshine and little rain has had a critical effect on bird breeding rates. Areas particularly badly affected include Perthshire, the Highlands and the Borders.…

people shooting in countryside

Could you be the new News Editor of Shooting Times?

For over a century Shooting Times has been essential reading for Britain’s fieldsports community. As part of a weekly publication, news has always been an integral part of Shooting Times’ brand and as News Editor you will have the important role of writing news pages, writing investigative features, contributing to…

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Take a look inside the new-look Sporting Gun, on sale now

Britain’s number one shooting magazine has had a massive makeover.  With a bright and modern new look, we have new articles that will help you get more from your sport, plus a whole section devoted to instruction, which will help you improve your shooting whether on the clayground or in…

Olympic gold medallist Peter Wilson

Government told of shooting’s unique benefits to health

With potential rises in licence costs, GP fees and long waiting times for certificate renewals, shooters could be forgiven for thinking that their sport attracts little support 
from the Government. However, good news could be on the horizon, as a result of the Digital, Culture, Media & Sport select committee…

gamekeepers in pink mankinis

Keepers in pink mankinis? Really?

Highland walkers enjoying a hike up Mount Keen must have thought they were hallucinating when they spotted a group of burly men standing at the top wearing pink Borat-style mankinis. It was in fact no vision, but the reality of a group of gamekeepers, who raised a solid £2,000 for…

The Shooting UK Forum is changing

We’re really sorry to be the bearer of bad news regarding the ShootingUK Forum. The Forum has for many years been a source of pride to the ShootingUK team – it is a warm, helpful community where advice is freely given and many friendships have been made, not just via…