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Sporting Gun March 2019

Sporting Gun is the leading monthly magazine for clay, game and rough shooters. With editorial offices in the Lincolnshire countryside, it can justifiably claim to be at the heart of the shooting community. Monthly features range from gundog training to pigeon shooting, game shooting to wildfowling – along with sound, practical, advice on equipment and techniques to help the beginner, intermediate or experienced shot get more enjoyment from their sport. Sporting Gun is a must for anyone who invests time in and money on their shooting.

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schools challenge winners drive off with new cars

Two students took home an MG3 hatchback car each after winning the 2018 Schools Challenge Grand Final. Chloe Applin, a sixth former from Chew Valley School in Somerset, was tied on 18 clays after shooting the first 25 birds of the final but pulled ahead by scoring 20 on a second 25-bird layout. Charlie Madden, from Orchards Academy, Kent, had been positioned in the first cage after shooting the highest score in the qualifying rounds and winning the Schools Challenge Winter Series competition a few weeks ago. He secured his win and marked himself as a young shot to watch after scoring an impressive 24 out of 25. The annual clay shooting competition is run by The Oxford Gun Company and set up to encourage young people into the sport. David Florent, managing director…

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do you prefer a driven day or a walked-up day? this is the question our gundog writer nick ridley posed on facebook.

It all stemmed from a conversation we had on a day’s shooting. Some of us felt a walked-up day was a more authentic form of shooting, while others preferred the genteel pleasures of a driven day. A walked-up day takes stamina and skill. Shooting birds in a wood (which is something at which Nick excels) or along a hedgerow is a true test of marksmanship. You also have to be safety conscious and – if you have a dog – it must be well-trained. That’s not to say driven game is a lower form of shooting. For some it represents the apex of our sport. There is nothing better than a well-run driven day. After all, many of us wouldn’t get to go beating or exercise our dogs picking up if it…

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study shows that shooting can prevent loneliness

BASC has told the Welsh government that shooting sports could help to alleviate loneliness and social isolation. The Welsh Government recently launched a consultation on how to deal with these social issues and BASC referred to its 2016 report The Personal Value of Shooting. The study found that 95% of respondents said shooting was important to their personal wellbeing; a further 84% said it was important for their physical wellbeing. The study also showed that 97% of respondents spent time with at least one person due to their shooting activity, with most making an average of 20 friends from the sport. BASC Wales director Steve Griffiths said: “Shooting and conservation are open and inclusive to all. Shooting sports provide people living in remote parts of Wales with a great opportunity to come…

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concerns for wildlife in wales

Urgent action needs to be taken by farmers to help preserve wildlife in Wales. That is the view of Matt Goodall, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) adviser, who highlighted the curlew as one of the country’s most threatened species. He said it had suffered an 81% decline in 13 years. “We are at a tipping point where some species may be lost in Wales within a decade or two if nothing is done,” he said at a trust dinner near Pwllheli on the Llyn peninsula. “Our research focuses on working closely with farmers so that wildlife can thrive alongside a viable farming business. This is crucial as over 80% of the land in Wales is farmed... We have proved it is possible to increase wildlife while maintaining profitability. That is the solution.” Rupert…

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count for conservation

The Big Farmland Bird Count is back in a few days and there is still time to get involved. The annual initiative, organised by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) and now in its sixth year, is running from 8-17 February and aims to record the impact of any conservation schemes that farmers and gamekeepers are running on their land. Whether it is supplementary feeding or growing game cover crops, the GWCT wants to know which birds are benefiting from these schemes and which are in most need of help. Participants are asked to spend 30 minutes spotting species on their land on one of the days that the initiative is running, recording the results and informing the GWCT. Everyone taking part will receive a report on the national results once they…

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events

8-10 February NGO Deerstalking Certificate Level 1, South West Millpool, Looe, Cornwall Tel 01833 660 869 9 February Shoot and Cook Day Thimbleby Shooting Ground, Northallerton, North Yorkshire Tel 01653 639096 15-17 February British Shooting Show NEC Birmingham www.shootingshow.co.uk 20 February Gamekeepers Welfare Trust – Stag Course Calton Moor Range, Swinscoe, Derbyshire Tel 01677 470180 2 March The Fourth Antique Arms Fair Pillar Hall, Olympia, London www.antiquearmsfair.com 5 March Game 2019 Loddington House, Main Street, Loddington, Leicester Tel 01425 651013…

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