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Shooting Gazette July 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

At the time of writing, the Government is slowly starting to lift the lockdown put in place to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Shooting grounds and schools across England have started to reopen, but with strict social distancing guidelines in place… In this issue, we look at how a DIY shoot in Hampshire is going to try to hold the best possible season it can. Syndicate member Chris Warren walks us through how the syndicate has dealt with the lockdown, how a plan was hatched to keep the shoot running in the close season and what hopes its members have for the future. Another shoot planning to host days next season is Balsham Shoot in Cambridgeshire, which we visited last season. Balsham Shoot has laid out an impressive blueprint in its…

1 min.
minister confirms the return of shooting in england

The Government has confirmed that shooters in England can enjoy their sport once again, writes Matt Cross. Responding to a question from Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Shooting and Conservation, sports minister Nigel Huddleston said: “It is vital that people continue to be active during the COVID-19 outbreak to support their physical and mental health. All outdoor sports and physical activities are now permitted, without time limit, including outdoor shooting.” The answer was confirmed by Defra minister Victoria Prentis, who said: “The Government has said people can now leave their homes for the purposes of open-air recreation in public open spaces to promote their physical or mental health or emotional wellbeing. What counts as ‘open-air recreation’ is not defined in the regulations but would include shooting.” Official…

1 min.
the country food trust hits the 1,000,000 mark

The Country Food Trust has delivered more than 1m meals to people in need over the past five years, with HRH The Duke of Cambridge helping to announce this achievement on social media. The first 2,000 meals were delivered to Charlie Mason at FareShare South West in March 2016, and it was to Mr Mason that the Trust took 2,400 meals this May, taking the total past the 1m mark. In March, the Trust launched its Coronavirus Appeal, which has enabled it to supply an additional 100,000 game meat ready meals to those in need. Additional funding has enabled the delivery of around 400,000 ready meals, including more than 35,000 to front line NHS workers. Congratulations to the Trust from everyone here at Shooting Gazette. thecountryfoodtrust.org…

1 min.
ngo attacks bird of prey killings report

The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO) has contacted the RSPB to clarify the source of evidence used in its recent report on bird of prey killings during the coronavirus lockdown. The NGO has said that the report implies “huge increases in ‘confirmed’ killings of birds of prey” and is “astounded by lack of information on the source of material” that makes up the report. Liam Bell, the chairman of the NGO, said: “Briefing journalists that there has been an ‘orchestrated’ attack on birds of prey during the coronavirus lockdown – with the implication that gamekeepers are at the heart of this problem – is a worry. We ask, where is the evidence that this is actually a coordinated activity? “Where exactly were these ‘incidents’? How many ‘reports from the public’ have been received? We…

1 min.
gwt survey highlights key gamekeeper concerns

The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust (GWT) has said that it will work more closely with gamekeepers on their plans for retirement, striking a work/life balance and other heath issues. The announcement follows the publication of its Raise the Game survey of 329 gamekeepers across the UK. The survey found that: • 75% of gamekeepers work more than 50 hours a week, with more than 90% working more than 37 hours a week; • 25% had not taken a holiday or short break in more than a year, with 50% of the overall total taking fewer than 15 days; • 10% struggled to achieve eight hours’sleep each night, with more than50% needing eight hours to feel well-rested; • 254% were keen to explore planning for retirement, with more than 33% planning for housing in retirement. More than…

4 min.
readers’ letters

You do not speak for me I am appalled that organisations such as BASC have decided lead should be withdrawn without full discussion with cartridge manufactures and, more importantly, the membership. Its governing body is elected by members and before making such an important decision they should have been balloted to ask for their views. Instead, BASC has acted on the views of a few committee members. I have been a member of WAGBI/BASC for 55 years and I have never known such a decision being taken without first consulting the members and, frankly, there is no justification to ban lead other than perhaps over wetlands. As a result of this decision many shotguns will be defunct as they cannot be proofed for steel, so becoming almost worthless overnight. This includes many Continental…