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Sporting Rifle

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.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
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…

1 min
debate of the month

Ten Namibian giraffes are set to be culled, and international hunter Jens Høgh challenged anti-hunting celebrities to put their money where their mouth is and ‘save’ them Jens Høgh It’s been almost a week and there is still no reaction from the anti-hunting community to the plan to cull ten giraffes in November. Maybe they have come to their senses and approve of hunting as a tool for managing wildlife? Craig Shepstone When we hunt, people complain. When we give them a chance to do something, they are quiet. Royston Wright Let’s give all the giraffe to be culled cute and fuzzy names like Cecil, and then maybe the activists will come to the party… Felix Marnewecke It’s amazing the effect these open letters have. You share them with the animal rights associations as…

4 min
where to shoot guide

ENGLAND CHILDERLEY SPORTING Chinese water deer and muntjac specialist. We manage over 30,000 acres of land in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. We can offer 1:1 guided stalking to all capabilities and training for beginners. We have a zeroing range up to 250 metres along with our simulated stalking area. Contact: Paul Childerley 07715 638934 paul@childerleysporting.co.uk www.childerleysporting.co.uk MARK BOULTON Driven boar hunting throughout Europe and night shooting in Sussex. Groups or individuals. Various packages offered from day trips to France to six-day all-inclusive trips to Hungary. Contact: Mark Boulton 07854 985006 markthedeerstalker@hotmail.co.uk SHOOTING SH A long-established syndicate of 15 years with 19 varied blocks. Red, roe, muntjac and fallow deer with 10 walked-up days as added value plus rough shooting in your annual fee of £750 first year, dropping to £600 by year three (loyalty discount). We will prepare…

1 min
sporting rifle the ultimate rifle shooting handbook

Brought to you by the team behind Sporting Rifle magazine, the second edition of the Ultimate Rifle Shooting Handbook celebrates the rifle sports in all their forms – in Britain or abroad; foxing and stalking; professional or pastime; for the beginner unsure how to get into the sport or the expert looking for extra tips. Crucially, it covers the sport in its modern form, with all the technology and resources available today. It is not solely a hunting compendium either – there is plenty of advice on getting started, technique and kit that will apply to rifle shooters of all forms, be they sporting or target. Inside you'll find writings by some of the greatest ambassadors of the sport, from Peter Carr to Mike Powell, Paul Childerley to Will O'Meara. You can…

2 min
winning shots

Creators of some truly incredible stalking inventions, Napier can offer pretty much every accessory a deer stalker needs. And their latest is a pair of remarkable knives, the 46 (with a stainless blade) and 46D (with a Damascus blade). We’ve got a stainless model to give away to one lucky entrant – just fill in the competition form across the page and send it to us, or enter via the Sporting Rifle website. WHAT’S THIS KNIFE ALL ABOUT? The brief Napier worked to was to design a hunter’s knife that could cope with all UK species. Typically, you might want a slim, small blade for muntjac and roe, while a larger heaver blade would be more useful when gralloching a fallow, sika or red. But the more knives you bring, the greater the…

6 min
trophy troubles

Byron Pace considers the merits and mistakes of Zac Goldsmith, the MP trying to introduce a trophy import ban in the UK I am conscious of the fact that most of what I have written recently has been focused on Africa. Part of this comes from having spent a lot of time on the continent this year, but more than that, of the most pressing issues in the last few months, the implications to conservation in Africa have made it top of the list. As I sit down to write this month’s contribution, that hasn’t changed. In fact, if anything I would say the stakes have been raised. As most people will be aware, the current British government (from a party that historically has been sympathetic towards hunting) has put forward a…