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Sporting Gun December 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
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
dream team

As a picker-up, we all know it’s wonderful to have our own dog, but why stop at one? How about your own picking-up pack? Many shoots now prefer their pickers-up to have more than one dog each, which is the perfect excuse. However, training dogs to work together – and as part of a team – requires careful training and a definite need to instil discipline early on. Our gundog trainer, Fran Ardley, discusses how to train a young dog to work well as part of a team, offering a number of useful excises that you can try at home. Twos company – a pack is a party!…

1 min.
what has been keeping you going over this difficult year?

I have kept my spirits up during lockdown with memories of days shooting and beating in happier times. Now we are back out there in somewhat different circumstances because of COVID-19. But it is still good to be able to enjoy our sport again, albeit with limited freedom. Another thing that has kept me going over this difficult year is you, the readers. Your emails and letters always make for interesting reading and I am always impressed by your good natured and intelligent reactions to the various trials we shooters regularly face. I am also heartened by how patient you are when it comes to receiving your prizes from the competition pages. There has been a considerable hiatus in fulfilling our duties on this front. First lockdown prevented us from getting the…

1 min.
rspb plan disproportionate, say shooting groups

Shooting groups have reacted to the RSPB’s recent call for an “end to environmentally unsustainable gamebird shooting” and the licensing of driven grouse shoots. The society’s review, which was conducted over the past year with the input of its members, criticised what it called the “industrialised form of this shooting” and concluded that “all intensive gamebird shooting should be regulated to reduce the negative environmental impacts” . Unsurprisingly the prominent shooting groups in the UK beg to differ. Ian Bell, the chief executive of BASC, said that review betrayed a “misunderstanding of shooting” and had ignored the progress that had been made through self-regulation. “Shooting has made significant improvements that positively influence the UK’s wildlife and environment. It is important that the RSPB recognises the work that has taken place and the continued…

1 min.
muirburn ban lifted by scottish government

The Scottish Government is to relax the temporary ban on muirburn in Scotland. The ban was imposed in April as part of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020. The relaxation means that the muirburn season, which runs from 1 October to 15 April and allows for the controlled burning of heather, gorse and grassland, is now under way. The issue is a hot political topic in light of the Scottish Government’s review of grouse moor management. Hugo Straker of the GWCT said it was important that landowners and estates were able to “demonstrate proactive movement towards sustainable muirburn management” and that the lifting of the ban afforded them the chance to do so. BASC Scotland Director, Dr Colin Shedden, said: “We welcome this sensible and proportionate decision by the Scottish Government. Muirburn has…

1 min.
gwct’s key principles point the way for shooting’s future

The GWCT launched its Principles of Sustainable Gamebird Management to coincide with the start of the pheasant shooting season. The 12 principles include: Biodiversity — all shoots should strive to achieve a net biodiversity gain on their land Densities — gamebirds should only be released and managed at densities appropriate to the local circumstances. Sustainability — game management provides an incentive to fund the creation, restoration and management of habitats across large areas of the countryside. Balance — predation control is undertaken to reduce predation pressure. Legal control – Predation control activities should be undertaken according to best practice guidelines to ensure they are legal, humane and effective.› Dr Roger Draycott, the GWCT’s director of advisory and education. “We hope these provide not just practical guidance for game managers but also broaden the discussion about practical…

1 min.
humber wildfowlers challenge natural england

Wildfowlers on the Humber have submitted a formal appeal to the Environment Secretary challenging Natural England’s refusal to grant consents this year on the estuary. Hull and East Riding Wildfowlers’ Association (HERWA) and Holderness & Humber Wildfowlers’ Association and the Upper Humber Wildfowling Committee have joined forces to try to enable their sport to restart. They have the backing of BASC, which has a legal fund set aside to fight such cases. Ken Arkley, chairman of HERWA, said: “It has been a hard, frustrating process to date which has brought us to the point that we have been doing everything to avoid.”…