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Sporting Gun

December 2019

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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country groups condemn welsh licence changes

Countryside groups have criticised new general licences that have recently come into force in Wales. Four new licences became effective on 7 October; replacing the same number of revoked ones. The new licences are GL001, GL002, GL004 and GL016. One of the changes introduced by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) concerns GLOO4 and the removal of rooks from control for the purposes of conserving wild birds. The protection of wild birds licence now only allows lethal control of carrion crows, magpies and jackdaws to protect red and amber-listed species, which could leave birds such as the chaffinch and blue tit vulnerable to predation. Rook, jay and collared dove have also been removed from GLOO1, which covers the protection of crops and livestock. Rural groups have condemned the changes as wrongheaded. The Game Wildlife &…

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experts urge caution on grey partridge

Sportsmen have been warned not to overshoot grey partridges this season. The Game Wildlife & Conservation Trust (GWCT) said that data gathered by its scientists from the Partridge Count Scheme showed that the gamebird had experienced a poor breeding season. Dr Julie Ewald, a senior scientist at the trust, said: “In order to shoot sustainably, it is important to know what numbers of birds you have on the ground. Many coveys seen this year have few young and are being joined by barren pairs or single adult birds, making the covey size appear closer to normal. Make sure you spend time identifying both young and old in a covey, to ensure you don’t overestimate the number of chicks produced.” Grey partridge numbers have been hit by poor weather and falling chick survival rates…

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landmark report extols the benefits of moor management

A landmark report has shown that proactive moorland management helps to preserve environment and habitat. The final report of the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project published in October highlighted the benefits of grouse moor stewardship. The Langholm project took place over 10 years between 2008-17 on moorland in Dumfries and Galloway owned by Buccleuch Estates. It brought together a number of diverse organisations and individuals. It followed the Joint Raptor Study, which took place in the 1990s and saw the withdrawal of gamekeepers from the moor, which led to a crash in the numbers of hen harriers and grouse as habitat deteriorated. Teresa Dent, chief executive of the GWCT, said that the message from the report was “not one of a binary choice of red grouse or birds of prey, but that we…

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licensing regime not fit for purpose

The firearms licensing regime is not fit for purpose, a leading countryside organisation has said. The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO) said in its response to the Home Office Firearms Consultation 2019 that there was a need to revitalise the process. Liam Bell, chairman of the NGO, said: “The firearms licensing procedure was introduced to improve general public safety but the current system to apply for a licence is woefully inadequate. Surely it’s time for a specialist firearms licensing authority to take charge?” The NGO has expressed concern that there is nothing in the Home Office proposals that ensures that good practice will be observed and even enhanced in the licensing regime. The process can be problematic, especially when it comes to acquiring an appropriate medical assessment. It has been reported that some GPs are…

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news in brief

‘Legend’ Tom Fell dies Shooting stalwart Tom Fell has died, writes Tom Whitworth. He had been suffering with Parkinson’s disease for a long time. He had been an area director of the Countryside Alliance and promoted it and shooting at many events over the years. He was the best ambassador for shooting I had the privilege of knowing. Tom’s shooting skills were legendary and he was the shoot captain for Wyegill syndicate in Cumbria for 35 years, a record few could match. He was one of the best shots at game and clays in his county. He was a legend in his lifetime and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. BASC Shotgun Coach of the Year Lawrie Stewart has won BASC’s Shotgun Coach of the Year award. BASC said that…

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‘barbaric’ shooting vote is a slur on the british countryside

The divide between urban and rural life has been laid bare in Liverpool. The city council has adopted a motion condemning all forms of hunting and shooting as “barbaric”. The motion related to a now abandoned plan to hold the Great British Shooting Show (GBSS) in the city. The GBSS had been planning to hold a second show in Liverpool, in addition to the one held at the NEC, Birmingham in February. A spokesman for the Exhibition Centre Liverpool said: “Following an intervention from the directly elected mayor Joe Anderson, the board has carefully considered concerns raised regarding the Great British Shooting Show and have taken the decision not to proceed with the event.” BASC described the council’s decision as a “gross misrepresentation of the shooting community”. Ahead of the debate on October…