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Shooting Gazette May 2020

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

It has been a challenging few months for humankind. As I write these words in late March, the whole world is still battling with the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, with no end currently in sight. Hopefully, by the time you read these words we will be a little closer to returning to some kind of normality. I sincerely hope that you and your families are all in good health, self-isolating as much as you can but still able to conduct your daily lives without too much hardship and keeping some form of contact with those close to you, both inside and outside shooting. We have felt the effects of the outbreak behind the scenes here at Shooting Gazette. You may notice the odd change here and there in the…

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wild justice challenge falls flat

Attempts by anti-shooting campaign group Wild Justice to block the release of gamebirds on and around protected sites this summer have failed. The group had asked for an urgent court hearing and for the court to order the Secretary of State to issue a ‘stop notice’ preventing releases this summer. However, both Defra and an alliance of shooting organisations objected to speeding up the process. Wild Justice conceded that it was unlikely that the measures it was seeking could be put in place before the summer and withdrew its request for the process to be accelerated. BASC, the Countryside Alliance, the Game Farmers’ Association and the NGO had been allowed by the High Court to register as a joint ‘interested party’ in Wild Justice’s challenge. A spokesman said: “Registering as interested parties has…

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wlss donates protective glasses to nhs

West London Shooting School (WLSS) has donated 200 pairs of protective glasses to the NHS after learning of a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical staff currently dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. Mark Heath, senior instructor at WLSS, said: “At this extraordinary time, we are extremely proud of our friends, the medics at St Mark’s, who have stepped straight onto the frontline of Northwick Park’s response to coronavirus. “Due to Northwick Park having an infectious disease centre and ward, it was the first hospital in the country to declare that it was overwhelmed by demand. It is now experiencing considerable continuing pressures on its intensive-care facilities, so donating protective glasses that weren’t going to be used by us due to the closure of the shooting school was the very least…

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game dealers unite with bga

Peterborough Game, Braehead Foods, Vicars Game and The Lincolnshire Game Company have announced that they will only collect game from British Game Alliance (BGA)-assured shoots next season. The four game processors all signed up to the BGA back in 2018 and this new move will see millions more gamebirds added to those coming under the BGA assurance scheme, which aims to provide consumers with complete confidence about the provenance of their game meat. Outgoing BGA MD Tom Adams said: “The BGA is delighted to have the full support of four of the UK’s leading game processors, who’ve pledged to collect game only from BGA-assured shoots, in order to continue to create a stronger market for game. “It’s hugely positive to see the significant interest and now demand from the food industry for BGA-assured…

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new dates for countryside and shooting events

Following the outbreak of coronavirus, several major countryside events set to take place during the summer have now been moved until later in the year. The Game Fair, originally scheduled to take place on 24 to 26 July at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, will now take place at the same venue on 18 to 20 September. A full preview of the fair will feature in the September issue of Shooting Gazette. For further information about the event, visit: thegamefair.org The GWCT Scottish Game Fair, originally scheduled to take place on 3 to 5 July in the grounds of Scone Palace, Perthshire, will now take place at the same venue on 2 to 4 October. For more information about the event, visit: scottishfair.com The Northern Shooting Show, originally scheduled to take place on 8 to 9…

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school days with a difference

My boyfriend Sam is only 29 years old but, having read The Doctor You Will See You Now (March issue), I think he feels he was born too soon. The interview with Dr Mike Swan and his sterling work with the GWCT over the decades was certainly an eye-opener and extremely interesting. If only the BBC would give Dr Swan the chance to explain our sport’s positive impact on the countryside and its wildlife on Countryfile our cause would be enhanced. However, this wasn’t what stirred my boyfriend’s emotions. It wasn’t long ago that he was at school but the curriculum was mired in the usual tedious subjects, with few of the ‘options’ being of interest to a country lad with little aspiration to travel the world or work in an…