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Sporting Rifle

Sporting Rifle Summer 2020

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
deer stalking schemes back on track

BASC’s deer stalking schemes across England reopened on 8 June, having been suspended since March. Martin Edwards, head of deer and deer management at BASC, said: “It is with great pleasure that we can announce the reopening of some of BASC’s stalking schemes. The decision has been made in the knowledge that assisted stalks are able to take place in line with social distancing and the government’s guidance.” The Hockwold scheme in Norfolk and the Raby scheme in County Durham were the first to reopen, with the Hampshire scheme set to return in July. “We remain positive that our roe buck culls can be achieved, and all systems will be up and running in time for the red and sika stag and fallow buck seasons opening in August,” Martin added, “We are working…

2 min
registered shoots return

CPSA registered competitions are up and running again at shooting grounds in England, albeit with restrictions to comply with Covid-19 regulations and minimise any risk of spreading the virus. The Clay Shooting Company and Podimore were among the first to run Registered shoots in early June, closely followed by EJ Churchill and others. Clay shooting had recommenced in England on 14 May after the CPSA and other shooting organisations got the assurances they needed from government and police, as well as confirmation from their insurers that members would be fully insured when shooting. The association issued comprehensive guidance on how to comply with Covid-19 regulations and advice, with a document entitled ‘Shoot Safe, Stay Safe’. Grounds in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland had to wait a while longer for their restrictions…

8 min
shooting courses

Acorn Deer Management Stalker training and firearms safety, guided training outings for anyone wishing to experience a deer stalk, through to candidates wishing to complete their DSC 2 certificate. Training courses from £80 per 3-4 hour outing, with the possibility to take a cull animal. Approved witnesses to the DSC 2 certificate. Contact: 07944 959380 or www.acorndeer.com Ashgrove Wildlife Services Stalking courses. Contact: 01255 670094 www.ashgrovewildlife.com Bangs, Bucks & Bullseyes Improve first-shot accuracy, long-range accuracy and multipositional shooting with Keith Poyser. One-to-one and group tuition with a fun, relaxed, medalwinning and published instructor. 100-1,200 yards, with wind, bullet drop and position coaching. Come away with a tailored distance table for your rifle and round. Accompanied stalking available. Contact: www.bangsbucksbullseyes.co.uk BASC BASC offer a wide range of rifle, shotgun and airgun courses alongside DSC1 and DSC2 nationwide. For information please see…

2 min
back to business at west london

The first post-lockdown shots were fired at West London Shooting School on Thursday 21 May, when instructormanager Mark Heath took out his first client since the ground closed for the Covid-19 pandemic. Initially the ground was open for limited lessons and practice rounds. WLSS had spent weeks planning a phased and safe opening of the school. They conducted a full risk appraisal and put protocols in place to ensure the safety of both clients and staff in line with guidelines from the CPSA and the Government. Mark Heath said: “We’re delighted to be back open, being able to catch up with colleagues in person and to welcome our clients back into the shooting school has certainly been a breath of fresh air. It was a busy day with many of our…

8 min
canned consequence

HM government appear to have kicked the trophy import and export debate into the long grass for the time being – after all, they have enough on their plate with the current worldwide pandemic – but we as an industry can’t afford to let it slip without incurring costs to our way of life, livelihoods, and biodiversity management across the country. BASC, as the UK’s biggest shooting industry body, has responded to the DEFRA consultation in favour of ‘Option four’, that is, no change to the current trophy import and export regulations. While I fully understand their reasons for doing so, a response in this vein will have undoubtedly been coloured by the wider response to the consultation, in which trophy hunting as a whole suffered by its association with a…

1 min
let stalking essential for scottish deer sector

A survey undertaken in May by the Association of Deer Management Groups (ADMG), Lowland Deer Network Scotland (LDNS) and the Scottish Venison Association (SVA) has found that if there is no let stalking this year for stags, hinds, roe bucks or roe does then the 103 respondent businesses will lose in excess of £2.5 million. The research was undertaken to establish what the financial loss would be to those letting upland and lowland stalking, given the restrictions on UK and foreign travel imposed under current Covid-19 regulations and social distancing rules, and how this might affect 2020/21 cull plans. Richard Cooke, Chairman of the ADMG, said: “This survey gives us some very valuable insight into the potential impact on deer management businesses… our sample represents just under one third of the sector,…