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Sporting Rifle July 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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Future Publishing Ltd
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Editorial Editor-in-chief Peter Carr peter.carr@futurenet.com Deputy editor Colin Fallon 01225 687426 / colin.fallon@futurenet.com Production editor Elizabeth Wood Art editor Steve Mumby Senior art editor Stephen Williams Contributors David Barrington Barnes, Robert Bucknell,. Daryl Crimp, Chris Dalton, James Marchington, Thomas Nissen, Will O'Meara, Byron Pace, Chris Parkin, Mike Powell, Mark Ripley, James Sutcliffe, Kevin Thomas, Martin Tulp, Stuart Wilson Advertising Media packs are available on request Commercial Director Clare Dove Group Advertising Director Mark Wright mark.wright@futurenet.com Advertising Sales Manager Toni Cole toni.cole@futurenet.com 01225 687368 International Head of Print Licensing Rachel Shaw licensing@futurenet.com Subscriptions Head of subscriptions Sharon Todd Circulation Head of Newstrade Tim Mathers Production Head of Production Mark Constance Production Project Manager Clare Scott Advertising Production Manager Joanne Crosby Digital Editions Controller Jason Hudson Production Controller Nola Cokely Management Chief Content Officer Aaron Asadi Commercial Finance Director Dan Jotcham Managing Director, Field Sports Alastair Lewis Head of Art & Design Greg…

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general licence debacle

I It would be nice, now and again, to be able to use this column to reminisce and reflect on the joys of hunting and rifle sport instead of lamenting the issues caused by political short-sightedness, public outrage, or cyber trolls. Indeed, sometimes it seems that we’ve only just put one issue to bed before hunting hits the headlines all over again – and nine times out of ten it isn’t for any of the positive impacts it has. As I’m sure most readers of Sporting Rifle are already aware, Natural England revoked three of the General Licenses, which allowed the control of pest bird species. Withdrawn suddenly, and giving users only a couple of days’ notice, Natural England says it is the first stage of a ‘planned review’ – despite…

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general licences : what’s going on?

Three of the general licences for controlling pest birds in England were revoked on 25 April, leading to a situation labelled a “shambles” and not resolved weeks later. General licences GL04, GL05 and GL06 – which permit the lethal control of 16 species, including woodpigeons, feral pigeons, carrion crows and magpies for a number of reasons including to protect human health and prevent serious damage – were stricken from the record. What’s worse, no one got more than two days’ notice, meaning confusion reigned as masses of farmers and pest controllers were unsure whether they were acting illegally, what they needed to do to stay within the law, and what was going to happen next. Though NE had promised to roll out new, legally compliant general licences as soon as possible, at…

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now nv’s in colour

The SiOnyx Aurora is a new colour night vision camera that’s coming to the UK via Thomas Jacks. The Aurora is capable of both day time and low-light recording, which can be viewed in colour, phosphor green and greyscale through SiOnyx’s ultra-low light (CMOS) sensor technology. Able to record video up to 60fps, it’s got built-in WiFi, is compatible with the Aurora app so it can be controlled remotely, and can transfer images or video straight to a phone or tablet. It’s a versatile unit that can be used as a handheld camera or spotter, but also mounted to a rifle via a quick-release picatinny rail mount. Retailing for £799.95, the Aurora has caught our eye, and we hope to have a review of this unit soon. In the meantime, contact Thomas Jacks for…

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atv update: ranger revamped

Polaris has launched an all-new version of its Ranger Diesel ATV. The 2019 Ranger has superior levels of comfort, handling and driving that make it even more durable, dependable and capable. The all-new three-cylinder Kubota diesel engine delivers 24.8 horsepower and 40.8 ft/lb of torque, resulting in a top speed of 65kph, offering a smooth ride thanks to its improved torque distribution, and a lower cost of ownership. The one-piece chassis seats three people, with more legroom and increased storage. 1134kg of towing capacity, a 720kg payload capacity, and boasting a towering 33cm ground clearance. Head to www.polaris.com and find out more.…

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ngo backs return of hen harriers

Plans to reintroduce hen harriers to a site on Salisbury Plain are under way, following a lengthy battle to save the bird from extinction. The project is being co-ordinated by Natural England on behalf of DEFRA, and will be supported by the National Gamekeepers Organisation (NGO). Numbers had been dropping drastically across British moorlands, but last year, hen harriers had their most successful breeding season in over a decade. The project aims to reintroduce 20 birds a year from donor sites in Spain and France, although there are concerns about the life expectancy of the birds – seven out of ten birds will die of natural causes in their first year. Liam Bell, chairman of the NGO, commented: “The NGO is firmly committed to end illegal persecution. It has no place in modern…

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