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Sporting Gun October 2020

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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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
calling the shots

Tom Sykes recalls a wonderful 1 September morning on the foreshore in the company of his brother and father – and a few more early birds, all hoping to bag the best spot around Morecambe Bay to begin the season. While that pre-dawn alarm can be a bit of a shock, here it heralds the opening of the wildfowl season and the promise of six month’s of challenging sport ahead, starting with the Canada geese. On this occasion, the Sykes family celebrated in style, with none of the trio going home empty-handed.…

1 min.
it’s finally here, open season for wildfowling and partridge.

We all know this season will be an unusual one and I’m curious to know how shoots around the country have been affected by COVID-19. Some have been cancelled for 2020/21, others are scaling down and for some it’s business as usual. I dare say many of us will be having smaller days than planned and there will be more walked-up shooting this season. I, for one, will just be glad to be out in the field. I cherish the small, walked-up days I share with friends. However, there is no denying this year will be different because of the spectre of COVID. Would you be safer staying at home? In some ways, yes, but our sport has so many benefits that go beyond mere enjoyment and they outweigh the threat of…

1 min.
basc to challenge exclusion from welsh licences review

BASC is to challenge a High Court decision to refuse to give it ‘interested party’ status in a legal action by Wild Justice. The High Court has refused BASC interested party status in the forthcoming judicial review of general licences in Wales. The refusal of BASC’s application followed the High Court granting Wild Justice permission to proceed with the review of the licences, which are administered by Natural Resources Wales (NRW). The campaign group announced in March that it was intending to launch a legal challenge against NRW over the licences. The move was described by BASC at the time as “wholly inappropriate” and a waste of valuable time and resources just as the coronavirus pandemic was sweeping the country. Steve Griffiths, BASC Wales director, said: “BASC was understandably disappointed with the original…

1 min.
purdey cup up for grabs

A competition for game shooters has started at The Royal Berkshire Shooting School. The 100 ‘bird’ course will include simulated grouse, partridge, pheasant and rock pigeon targets. The only stipulation is that the competition, which lasts the entire game season, must be shot using a Purdey or Woodward shotgun. To make the competition fair, Purdey has devised a ‘par score’, whereby anyone shooting better than par will have his or her name entered into a prize draw to join Purdey as its guest for a day’s game shooting in the 2021/22 season. Top shots from each month will shoot in the grand final in May for the Purdey Cup. For details, visit: purdey.com/ purdey-event/the-purdey-cup…

1 min.
lead ban stymied by czechs

A move to ban lead shot across the EU has been thwarted. The proposed regulations would have banned any use or possession of lead shot within 100 metres of any body of water or wetland. The move could have had ramifications for shooting within the UK. Last-minute representations by delegates from the Czech Republic stymied the move as an online vote approached. The Czech Republic, which has a strong hunting tradition, asked for the rules to be referred back to the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) committee, thereby preventing the vote from taking place. The committee is not expected to reconvene until next year. The move, however, is only likely to delay the measures being implemented, not stop them altogether, though shooting groups will hope for some favourable modifications. Conor…

1 min.
news in brief

Härkila homeless initiative Härkila, the hunting clothes and equipment company, has teamed up with its partner charity LifeDiscovery for an initiative to help the homeless. During October, people can trade-in their old Pro Hunter jacket, whatever its state, and receive a discount on the company’s new Pro Hunter Endure jacket. The old jackets from the ‘Trade in to Trade up’ offer will be put to good use and donated to LifeDiscovery, a charity that offers homeless people and those living in a refuge a chance to participate in outdoor activities. To find your nearest Härkila dealer visit gb.harkila. com; to learn more about the charity, visit lifediscovery.co.uk Case for peatland burning BASC has published a brief on burning as part of the ongoing management of peatland. The document, entitled Don’t ban the burn,…