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Sporting Gun January 2020

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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labour promises crackdown on wildlife crime if elected

The Labour Party has promised to clampdown on wildlife crime, if elected. In a statement that preceded the party’s election manifesto, Sue Hayman, the shadow environment secretary, said more would be done to combat fox hunting, hare coursing and what it describes as other wildlife crimes. Ms Hayman said that if the party were in government it would spend £4.5m on 82 new officers as part of its pledge to increase overall policing numbers to “help protect both wild animals and property in rural communities”. The plans would increase the number of police officers dedicated to dealing with wildlife crime to 170. The announcement follows the publication of the party’s Animal Welfare Manifesto over the summer. In that manifesto Labour pledged to “enhance and strengthen” the Hunting Act 2004, which could include the…

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gwct launches best practice test for shoot managers

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) has launched an online test for shoot managers. The aim is to help people demonstrate that they are up to speed with best practice. Objectives of the test include helping managers understand conservation benefits, and demonstrate a working knowledge of wildlife legislation, predation control and game management in accordance with the Code of Good Shooting Practice. Dr Roger Draycott, of the GWCT, said: “Best practice in shoot management is key to demonstrating that shoots are run well and delivering environmental benefits.” The test is multiple choice and should take 20 minutes. A certificate will be issued electronically on successful completion. The test is free for GWCT members, £40 for non-members. Visit gwct.org.uk GOT ANY NEWS? TELL US ABOUT IT: Post: Sporting Gun, TI Media Ltd, Pinehurst…

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news in brief

More companies target show The Great British Shooting Show is to take place at the NEC Birmingham between 14 and16 February 2020. It is the UK’s largest trade and retail shooting show, chock-full of national and international exhibitors. Accurize, the Norwegian laser target shooting company, is the latest to confirm its place at the show. For more information or to book tickets, visit shootingshow.co.uk Brexit delay sees new firearms rules come into force The UK’s delayed departure from the EU following two Brexit extensions has had an impact on firearms law. From 12 December it will be a legal requirement to register the transfer of deactivated weapons with the Home Office. This notification of the possession of deactivated weapons will be staggered. Those acquired after September 2018 will require immediate notification, while all…

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ngo to seek legal advice on welsh general licences

The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation is taking legal advice on whether a new general licence regime in Wales is lawful. Natural Resources Wales (NRW) announced four new licences in September, which came into force last month. They are GL001, GL002, GL004 and GL016. GL004 has, in particular, caused concern as it removed rooks from control for the purposes of conserving wild birds. When the NGO asked for clarification on this licence recently it was told “the licence is only valid when eggs and chicks are present, and the licence cannot be used all year round”. Liam Bell, Chairman of the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation, said: “It is absolute madness not to allow GL004 to be used in advance. Catching canny corvids takes many months and if it cannot begin until the eggs and chicks…

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not fit for purpose

Firearms licensing has never been satisfactory, but it became an even bigger mess in April 2016 when the Home Office introduced new medical requirements. These were agreed between the Home Office, British Medical Association, shooting organisations and the police. The BMA broke ranks almost immediately and some police forces were not far behind. The effect this will be having on you depends on where you live. Your police force may be following the official guidance, in which case you will not be much inconvenienced by the new procedure, unless your GP is charging for a medical report. Half a dozen forces have decided to ignore the guidance and have introduced their own procedures, some of which are of dubious legality. Tough luck if you live in one of these areas because…

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what’s sauce for the goose...

I do my fair share of goose decoying on the foreshore over the course of a year. I no longer have ground of my own to decoy inland, but this is not a problem when you have miles of foreshore with large numbers of greylag, Canada and pink-footed geese to go at during the winter months. As with all decoying, the thrill is convincing wild birds to flight in range. For me, it doesn’t get much better than wild geese with their wings locked and whiffling in to get the excitement levels up. Over the years I have used a range of different decoys and have found niggly issues with most designs. Shells and full bodies I started off in my youth with a handful of shells and full-bodied decoys that I…