Cover of Shooting Times, 2 August 2007.
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Shooting Times and Country Magazine, more commonly known as the Shooting Times, is a British shooting and firearms magazine, published by IPC Media. The magazine also features articles on hunting, fishing, deer stalking, gamekeeping, gundogs and wildlife.
Wildfowler's Shooting Times and Kennel News, the publication's original title, was first published in September 1882 and has not missed a single edition since. Lewis Clement was the first editor.
Throughout its history, Shooting Times has offered a forum for debate in the shooting world--famously in the 26 October 1907 issue, Stanley Duncan, (a long-term contributor to the magazine) wrote in with a request: "Sir, I have been asked to suggest a Wildfowlers's Association, to which you, Mr Editor, might give some assistance by permitting your paper to be the organ through which proposals might be considered and views obtained?"
The name of the association born out of the ensuing correspondence was the Wildfowlers' Association of Great Britain and Ireland--now known as the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and one of the principal shooting organisations in the country.
Over the years Shooting Times has carried articles by writers and such sportsmen as Denys Watkins-Pitchford ("BB"), Colin Willock, Arthur Oglesby, Gough Thomas, the firearms expert Geoffrey Boothroyd and wildfowling contributor Nick Horten.
Shooting Times magazine is the official journal of both the BASC and the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA).
The magazine has a strong link to its past--the current magazine's content would still be familiar to those who picked up the original issue, with the same mix of shooting features, gundog articles and reflections on the wider aspects of countryside life.
The magazine has had 18 editors, the current being Patrick Galbraith.