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Sporting Gun May 2021

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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
opening shot

Flights of fancy You think you’ve got it sussed. After years of pigeon shooting you reckon you know when and where in the woods and fields our grey-feathered adversaries will appear. So you put up your hide and wait. And wait. And ... No show. After a patchy start to the year – despite the fact his friends further north were enjoying bumper bags – Geoff Garrod ended his decoying season on a productive note, accounting for 64 pigeon and 41 corvids on a topped cover crop, where the pigeon were acquiring a taste for the young rape. However, their movements will remain forever a mystery to most of us.…

1 min

I have some very exciting news. From the next issue we will be incorporating Clay Shooting magazine into our pages. Sporting Gun will now be bursting with additional articles, including in-depth cartridge tests, gun reviews, competition news and top tips on shooting technique. This will all be in addition to your usual Sporting Gun favourites, making this magazine the most comprehensive shooting publication on the market. We will have new writers such as top shooter and coach, Becky McKenzie, and the renowned Richard Atkins will be doing our cartridges test and technical articles. Plus we will have Simon and Jasper Fellows keeping us up to date with competition and clayground news. For those anxious to get back on form after the lockdown lay-off we have a series of lessons from top Sporting Shot…

2 min

Groups give update on lead move Just over a year after the shooting groups’ announcement about the move away from the use of lead shot, they have issued a joint update on the transition. The nine signatories reiterated their commitment to see an end to both the use of lead and single-use plastics in ammunition used by those taking live quarry with shotguns by 2025. This time last year there was disquiet following the original announcement by the signatories – which include the prominent fieldsports and conservation groups BASC, the Countryside Alliance, the GWCT and the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation – with many interested parties feeling there had been a lack of consultation. Gary Doolan, BASC’s deputy director of communications and public affairs, defended the approach. He said that “significant progress” had been made…

1 min
beaver reintroductions damned

The GWCT has joined forces with various fishing organisations in raising concerns about the detrimental effect reintroduced beavers are having on migratory fish. The trust, along with the Atlantic Salmon Trust, Salmon & Trout Conservation, River Otter Fisheries Association, South West Rivers Association and the Angling Trust, has called upon the UK and Welsh governments to manage the reintroductions properly. In a statement, the GWCT said that freshwater migratory fish are among the most threatened species on the planet, having suffered a global decline of 76% in the near 50 years between 1970 and 2016. In the UK this means salmon and trout, with populations on most rivers being regarded as at risk by the respective governments. Beavers’ dams can restrict the movement of adult salmon, sea-trout and brown trout to and from…

1 min
notts takes the lead on dog thefts

Nottinghamshire Police is the first force in the country to have a dedicated officer dealing with dog theft. Chief Inspector Amy Styles-Jones is the officer in charge for the force, which has seen a notable increase in such thefts in its area over the past year. Craig Guildford, the chief constable, said the force wanted to give dog owners confidence that the matter was being taken seriously and to show thieves that they would be pursued. Indeed, only recently the force was involved in a combined operation with Lincolnshire Police that involved a high-speed vehicle chase after a springer spaniel was stolen from a Leicestershire farm and the thieves crossed the county boundary. The dog was recovered in an abandoned car within two hours of being stolen. The Nottinghamshire appointment has been…

1 min
news in brief

Award for dog group Jo Perrott, founder of The Ladies Working Dog Group, won the Triumph Over Adversity award at the recently held Rural Business Awards. Jo, from Aberdare in South Wales, started the organisation in 2016 for women who work dogs, to give them confidence to hold their own in what has been traditionally a male-dominated pastime. The Facebook group has now grown to more than 3,000 members, alongside a following of 11,000 on Instagram. Trust delivers 2m meals The Country Food Trust has delivered two million meals to people in need. Tim Woodward, CEO of the charity, hailed the achievement and an “extraordinary year” for the charity, which has seen demand increase over the past 12 months since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. In January last year it had delivered…