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Shooting Gazette June 2017

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

Welcome to another Shooting Gazette stalking special. In this issue we have some memorable tales to tell, illustrated by some truly breathtaking photography, perfect reading for whenever you’re taking a break from pulling the trigger. Our own Patrick Laurie is making the long journey from his home in Dumfriesshire to the Isle of Islay for a stalking holiday, and to say he is made to work for his sport is something of an understatement. Someone else who knows that all too clearly is Caspar Bell, who is making the mammoth journey to Kyrgyzstan in search of Mid-Asian ibex. Caspar’s account of riding on horseback high into the mountains and having to wear almost his entire wardrobe to keep warm has to be read to be believed – all we’ll add is…

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opening shots

KEVAN MARKS was crowned winner of the Royal Berkshire Shooting School’s (RBSS) Handicap Challenge in May. The competition, which was co-sponsored by Shooting Gazette, started on February 2 and ran for 11 weeks before the final in Berkshire on May 2. The final saw the top 40 CPSA handicapped scores and the top 20 RBSS handicapped scores go head to head in a new 100-target layout. Mr Marks beat Becky Elmore in the final’s 10-target shoot-off by a single clay, both having scored 98x100 in the final. Mr Marks, from Hampshire, was awarded a new Browning Heritage shotgun courtesy of International Sports Brands (ISB). Also celebrating on the day was Alan Payne who, with a score of 84x100, was the highest scorer to enter the challenge via Shooting Gazette’s voucher scheme. Mr…

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call for dna to help research into chronic wasting disease

THE BRITISH Deer Society (BDS) is requesting DNA samples taken from dead farmed and captive deer to aid research being conducted into Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). CWD was mainly found in North America but five cases were discovered in Norway in 2016 leading to a pan-European surveillance system to monitor deer populations for further cases. There were no new cases found during the 2016/17 hunting season in Scandinavia. The emergence of CWD in Norway has led to the BDS instigating a UK research project. This is being carried out by the Roslin Institute, part of Edinburgh University, and aims to determine, amongst other findings, a likely prognosis should the UK’s deer population become infected. Anyone interested in contributing to the institute’s research should email scottishoffice@bds.org.uk for more information. Respondents will thereafter be…

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ngo members gather for golden pheasant clay shoot

SPORTING TARGETS in Bedfordshire was the venue for this year’s Golden Pheasant Clay Shoot. Over 130 people attended this prestigious event, with the eventual Consall Valley Estate headkeeper Richard Thompson beating off stiff competition to win the Golden Pheasant award. “It was a very good day with good food and good weather. I shot out of my skin for once,” said Richard. Tony Smith was the victor in the Veterans’ class while Emma Lowrison won the Ladies’ class following a shoot-off with Louise Buckingham. The High Gun and Side-by-Side honours were awarded to James Lacey. Harry Wray won the Under 21s class and Karl Hagan won best supporter. Speaking about the event, Tim Weston, NGO development officer said: “Thank you to everyone who attended the event, which was well-received, and a special thank you…

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nrw right to allow shooting on its land, says basc

BASC HAS underlined the importance of the role of shooting in wildlife conservation and recreation in its official response to a Natural Resources Wales (NRW) review of firearms use on land under its management. BASC highlighted figures from the Value of Shooting report which show shooting contributes £75m annually to the Welsh economy and supports the equivalent of 2,400 full-time jobs. It also called on the NRW to preserve ‘shooting lets’ on public land. Ian Danby, BASC’s head of biodiversity projects, said: “BASC’s evidence shows very clearly how shooting is a material and powerful investor for maintaining and enhancing the natural resources of Wales. It provides significant biodiversity, social and economic benefits not just for those who take part but for society as a whole. “NRW has a fantastic opportunity to develop…

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scone palace gears up to host scottish game fair

FIELDSPORTS ENTHUSIASTS from across Scotland will descend upon the grounds of Scone Palace for the 29th GWCT Scottish Game Fair on June 30 – July 2. The three-day event is set to be an enjoyable occasion for the whole family with a host of activities set to take place and leading brands in attendance. BASC instructors will be on hand in the popular shooting area for anyone thinking of taking to clay shooting for the first time, while those with a little more experience can try their luck in a series of competitions. Ladies Day returns on the Saturday of the fair, and there will be a comprehensive array of shopping opportunities right across the site to suit all tastes and budgets. John Dickson and Fausti are amongst the gunmakers set…