Sporting Rifle

Sporting Rifle June 2019

The first and market-leading rifle shooting mag in the UK, Sporting Rifle covers rifle sports of all kinds, from rimfire rabbits to big game overseas and everything in between. With the very best writers on board, we cover foxing and UK deer stalking extensively in every issue, with tips and tricks as well as stories from the field to help your outings be more successful.

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petitions, politics and public pressure

If you haven’t seen it already, a rather disturbing news story has surfaced on the Countryside Alliance website. Called ‘Lies, damn lies and petitions’, I thoroughly recommend reading it yourself when you get a spare 10 minutes, but the gist of it is that the founder of online petition platform 38 Degrees has been sacked for gross misconduct. He was given the boot for providing illegal drugs to his staff – but the more interesting discussion this has sparked, and what has been explored well in the Countryside Alliance piece, is how 38 Degrees, and other sites like it, use social media databases to boost the number of responses to their petitions – generating large numbers in a comparatively short time. One example relevant to a fieldsports audience is the petition to…

1 min.
fac costs could go up – again

The government is considering raising the price of a firearms licence, just five years after the last increase. The Home Office has announced that a review of fees will take place next year, after police chiefs claimed they were subsidising the firearms licensing system. The Countryside Alliance said the timing of the review couldn’t be worse, when “the current licensing process lies in tatters and the shooting community receive a sub-par service.” An article in The Times quoted that David Jamieson, police and crime commissioner for West Midlands, as saying forces in England and Wales will face a £10 million shortfall this year. BASC was quick to highlight that forces might not be losing money if they were operating as efficiently as expected. “We have chaos in medical testing, poor efficiency in many forces…

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bid and back the bds

The British Deer Society has revealed details of the lots in its 2019 summer auction, starting on 17 May. The sporting lots offered include: Two days stalking for sika stags in woodland in Inverness-shire; a one day reloading course for a sporting rifle; one week’s fly-fishing on the Upper River Findhorn; An accompanied muntjac stalk on the North Norfolk coast; a day’s shooting for pheasant and woodcock; three days’ stalking in Ross-shire with self-catering accommodation; and a custom-made shooting/wading stick. The auction will be hosted on eBay, with lots going live at different times and lasting for 10 days each. BDS chairman Rory Putman said: “Our generous donors have yet again produced some really excellent lots for our major summer event, which raises essential funds for our research and educational projects.” Keep an eye…

1 min.
final countdown to the nss

Just days away as this issue of Sporting Rifle goes on sale, The Northern Shooting has unveiled its traffic plan for the 2019 show, which will use three entrances instead of one when it returns to the Great Yorkshire Showground on 11-12 May. Using a plan normally reserved for the very largest shows – such as the Great Yorkshire Show, which regularly attracts upwards of 100,000 visitors – the revamped traffic plan is designed to take pressure off the main A59 and A1(M) roads and get visitors in to the showground much quicker. “It’s testament to the success of the show that the ramped up plans have had to be put in place,” said organisers. “The show has grown to be the UK’s largest indoor and outdoor shooting show in just three…

1 min.
petition warning

Online petitions could be the next big threat to field sports – and as the Countryside Alliance found, their numbers don’t tell the whole story. A recent petition to ban pheasant shooting on Welsh public land gained 12,700 signatures – but the Alliance discovered that seven eighths of these were from postcodes outside Wales. Just 1,487 signatures came from Welsh postcodes – or 0.05 per cent of the population of Wales. Meanwhile in Scotland, 98 percent of responses to a consultation on hunting with dogs were supplied by five organised campaigns – and the government does not have access to the data from these campaigns, meaning it no idea who the respondents really are or if they even exist. The identifiable people who responded numbered just 260, with a fairly even split between pro-…

1 min.
basc backs amateur stalkers

A new report submitted to Scottish Natural Heritage has called for greater obligations to be placed on local authorities to manage deer on their land. The report, produced by the Lowland Deer Panel, also says cull data on the numbers of deer shot in Scotland’s lowlands to be improved. BASC responded to the report by saying it broadly welcomed the recommendations, and urged policy makers to stick with – and even expand – the current system of amateur stalkers providing the bulk of the country’s deer shooting force. Jake Swindells, BASC’s country officer for Scotland, said: “The highest proportion of qualified deer managers in the UK is in Scotland’s central belt. This resource is available and willing to help deal with the impacts that deer can have on forestry, the wider environment and…