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Sporting Rifle

December 2019

The first and market-leading rifle shooting mag in the UK, Sporting Rifle covers rifle sports of all kinds, from rimfire rabbits to big game overseas and everything in between. With the very best writers on board, we cover foxing and UK deer stalking extensively in every issue, with tips and tricks as well as stories from the field to help your outings be more successful.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

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outstanding contribution to conservation

Nature is something close to the heart of every countryman and woman – indeed, it would be impossible to spend long, freezing winter pre-dawn mornings up a blustery high seat or crawling through a frozen ditch if you didn’t. The fact that hunters are conservationists seems the most natural thing in the world to those who will dedicate large amounts of time (and often money, as my good lady reminds me whenever I feel my salmon fishing could be improved by this year’s latest rod) in the pursuit of game, hoofed or feathered. We know a thriving, healthy habitat is essential for supporting not just game species but the entire ecosystems they are part of, and that time and money are essential to the maintenance and preservation of those habitats.…

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the great british shooting awards

There’s still time for you to vote in the Great British Shooting Awards 2020. Voting is hosted online at www.greatbritishshootingawards.com and runs until 31 December. The great British shooting public decides the winner in 14 categories, which give recognition to the products, organisations and people that make our industry tick. As well as rewarding the industry’s best rifles, shotguns, airguns, optics, clothing and innovative technology, dedicated categories showcase the achievements of the people who've really had a positive effect on the industry, whether in the fields of retail, gamekeeping or conservation. Vote now at www.greatbritishshootingawards.com If you have a news story, email colin.fallon@futurenet.com…

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the shortlists

SHOOTING APPAREL • Blaser Hybrid Suit • Deerhunter Pro Gamekeeper Jacket • Harkila Heat Jacket • Laksen Woodhay Smock • ShooterKing Huntflex Jacket RIFLE AMMUNITION OF THE YEAR • Eley Subsonic Hollow • Federal Vital Shok • SGeco .243 105gn soft points • Hornady GMX bullets • Rigby .416 Rigby No.2 SHOTGUN AMMUNITION OF THE YEAR • Eley Hawk VIP Steel Pro Eco Wad • Gamebore Black Gold • Hull Cartridge Comp X • Hull Cartridge Pro Fibre • William Powell Blue Lightning OPTICS PRODUCT OF THE YEAR (OVER £1,000) • Nightforce SHV 5-20x56 ILL scope • Swarovski SLC 8x42 binos • Swarovski DS 5-25x42 scope • Vortex Fury 5000 10x42 rangefinding binos • Zeiss Victory RF 10x42 binos OPTICS PRODUCT OF THE YEAR (UNDER £1,000) • Bushnell Forge 4.5-27x50 scope • Hawke Airmax SF 4-16x50 scope • Leupold VX3i 4.5-14x40 scope • Nightforce SHV 3-12x56 scope • Vortex Optics Diamondback Tactical 6-24x50 scope NIGHT VISION/THERMAL PRODUCT OF THE YEAR • ATN X Sight 4K…

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liverpool: an anti-shooting city?

Shooting has come under a “woeful” attack from Liverpool’s city council, which put forward a motion labelling any form of game shooting “barbaric”. The council declared its complete opposition to “shooting live game, in the UK or overseas” saying it “is barbaric in all cases”. This comes after the Liverpool mayor intervened to pressure the city's Exhibition Centre to cancel the second British Shooting Show event, which was scheduled to debut there in September 2020. It’s understood that overseas hunting companies weren’t actually a part of the Liverpool show – but politicians forced a total cancellation of the event anyway. They then tabled a motion, debated at a Council meeting on 16 October, opposing game shooting and hunting in all its forms. BASC’s Garry Doolan said, “The motion shows a complete disregard for the reality…

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scottish gls under scrutiny

BASC has called on Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to produce a fit-for-purpose general licence that seeks to “protect livelihoods, rural economies and the environment”. SNH is consulting on the nature of its General Licences before it renews them in 2020. BASC’s response to this consultation combined data from over 1,100 practitioners and has given a detailed account of the reasons for and extent of control of the species currently listed on the general licence. BASC Scotland director, Dr Colin Shedden, said: “Our response to the SNH general licences consultation is robust and far-reaching. We have been able to highlight the importance and scale of usage of the current set of licences, as well as sign-posting the potential economic ramifications of removing certain species.”…

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shooters must ‘step up’ to environmental challenges

A proposed new Environment Bill for England will make significant commitments towards meeting the government’s 25-year environmental plan. BASC have called on the shooting community to step up to the challenges the bill presents. Ian Danby, BASC’s head of biodiversity, said: “People who shoot in the UK spend more than £250 million on conservation each year and influence the management of two thirds of the UK’s rural land area. “Many people who shoot also engage directly with species-specific conservation projects either led by BASC or with conservation partners. Shooting is continuously rising to new challenges. Take for example BASC’s campaign to reduce plastic use within shooting and to improve recycling. Manufacturers are expanding their range of cartridges which do not use plastic in some key components, hence taking responsibility for reducing plastics…

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