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Shooting Gazette

Shooting Gazette Mar-2018

Shooting Gazette is the ‘local paper’ for the global shooting community, and is put together by people with a burning passion for the sport. Driven game shooting's finest journal reflects the pure thrill of standing on the peg on a crisp winter's morning. Stunning photography and the best writers in the field ensure the sumptuous pleasure of shoot day is represented in all its glory every month. With the leading gundog section in the sport and a wealth guidance on every aspect of shooting, from where to shoot and how to be a better shot, to buying a gun and etiquette, no stone is left unturned.

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from the editor

Has spring sprung yet? Haven’t we all had enough of short, gloomy winter days where it’s either freezing cold or wet or both? Don’t even the trees deserve the warm sun on their trunks by now and a return to wearing their bright, leafy coats again after being battered by high winds, rain and snow for goodness knows how long? The unpredictability of British weather (and our obsession with it) was one of the reasons we decided to head to Spain for our shoot feature this month, but there are other motivations for going continental, too. Our longstanding love affair with European gunmaking and all it offers is a theme that runs throughout this issue, with many of the big names who’ve found a market in this country putting in an…

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don’t miss this month

Big bags Bag sizes are a constant source of debate in gunbuses up and down the country, not least because of how they influence the general public’s perception of our sport. Simon Peniston-Bird takes a somewhat alternative view on the issue, offering a few comments that are sure to catch your eye – let us know what you think. David Whitby Shooting is a broad church and is served by a number of different organisations. This month David Whitby, our forthright gamekeeping columnist, is pondering whether or not the time has come for a united front and a single, more powerful voice to defend and promote our sport and its traditions. Could it work?…

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opening shots

The 2017 grouse season was hailed as a great success in North Yorkshire, with most estates enjoying a full shooting programme and days let throughout all four months. Grouse moor managers in the North Yorkshire Moors Moorland Organisation (NYMMO) reported 200 driven shoot days hosted throughout the season — which is a rise of 23 per cent on 2016. The sport also generated an estimated 1,000 workdays of additional employment for flankers, loaders, pickers-up and caterers and others who assisted on the shoot days — double the number of the previous year. There are 45 full-time keepers employed on estates across the North Yorkshire Moors and each grouse moor employs an average 23 extra people per shoot day. Tina Brough, of the NYMMO, commented: “We have witnessed a good year with most…

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shooters can help deliver environmental plan

Shooters can play a big part in delivering the government’s new 25 Year Environmental Plan, say rural organisations. The plan for a “cleaner, greener Britain” was launched by Prime Minister Theresa May last month and includes the creation of a new Northern Forest, along with targets to eliminate avoidable refuse by 2050 and plastic waste by 2042. But the plan has come under fire for failing to provide specific proposed legislation and for lacking in urgency. Ian Danby, BASC’s head of biodiversity, said shooting can be a partner in delivering on environmental targets: “Those who shoot are involved in creating new habitats and managing existing ones to support species resident in the UK, like grey partridge, or those that visit here, such as migratory duck and geese species. Shooting plays an important…

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“tragedy for conservation” as shooting ends on ilkley moor

Grouse shooting is to end on Ilkley Moor after Bradford Council’s Labour Group refused to renew the lease. The group holds the majority on the council and shooting groups claim they were acting to appease animal right activists. Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor campaigned to end the moor’s status as the last remaining council-owned moor on which grouse shooting takes place. Its spokesman, Luke Steele, said the ban would help to reverse wildlife decline and habitat degradation, but those who have been managing the moor for the past decade said the opposite was true. The lease had been held by the Bingley Moor Partnership since 2008. Its chairman, Edward Bromet, said: “We do not believe the decision has been made in the best interests of the bird life and vegetation on Ilkley…

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win tickets to the east anglian game & country fair

The East Anglian Game & Country Fair returns to Euston Estate near Thetford on April 28-29 and Shooting Gazette has 10 sets of family tickets to give away. The fair, which has been running since 2004, offers everything keen country folk of all ages could wish for, offering a perfect way to push away the post driven shooting season blues. Whether clay shooting, archery, clothes shopping or fly fishing is your thing, there’s something here for you across well over 350 stands and arenas. “My family and I are delighted that Euston Estate is once again hosting the East Anglian Game and Country Fair. It was an unqualified success in 2017 and proved a popular day out for the whole family,” said host Henry Fitzroy, 12th Duke of Grafton “As the fair returns…