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Sporting Gun

Sporting Gun April 2020

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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
TI-Media
Frequency:
Monthly
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in this issue

1 min.
ratting

The rat pack We are, apparently, never more than a few feet from a rat, this determined rodent being one of nature’s success stories since it arrived on our shores in the early 18th century. Rat populations can, however, quickly get out of control, the rodents spreading disease and damaging feed, cover crops, grain stores and much more. One humane solution to the problem is the terrier, and Nick Ridley captures the excitement of a day out with the pint-sized pest controllers as they attempt to reduce rodent numbers on one shoot.…

2 min.
defra extends general licences for five months until august

Defra has confirmed that six general licences will be reissued for a period of five months. The decision has brought to an end the immediate uncertainty surrounding the licences, which were due to expire on 29 February. The licences – GL26, GL28, GL31, GL34, GL35 and GL36 – will be temporarily reissued from 1 March to 31 July. No action is required by licence users other than to abide by the conditions. Shooting groups have welcomed the extension. Caroline Bedell, BASC’s executive director of conservation, said: “It is a relief that as the clock neared midnight, Defra did not bow to the legal pressures and have allowed themselves additional time to make the right decision. It allows people to at least plan ahead.” She added that BASC would continue to work with…

1 min.
editor’s welcome

As if the mood was not gloomy enough – what with the challenges to the general licences and release of gamebirds – we now face this. That said, we should not be down-hearted. Sure, the transition won’t be smooth but it is good these organisations are joining forces to help manage change. New steel loads with biodegradable wads are coming to market from companies such as Eley and Gamebore. Other cartridge manufacturers will develop new nontoxic cartridges that are kinder to the environment as more research and development is done. We will do an in-depth report on this subject next issue. In the meantime, check out our website, Shooting UK, and our Facebook page for more information. Perhaps the much over-used adage, “Keep calm and carry on” is appropriate here.…

1 min.
no rush on gamebirds challenge

BASC has welcomed reassurances it has been given by Defra that it would not be rushed into implementing measures following another legal threat by Wild Justice, this one over the release of non-native gamebirds. Wild Justice first contacted Defra about the release of gamebirds last summer and received a response in September, which acknowledged that the ecological impact of such releases needed to be assessed. In the absence of any notification since, Wild Justice has given Defra what it calls a “firm shove” with a pre-action protocol letter to the Environment Secretary. This focuses in particular on the release of non-native gamebirds in and around Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation. Defra has yet to respond formally with a public statement other than Rebecca Pow, a departmental minister, saying that “it…

1 min.
rural groups act on raptors

Prominent shooting and rural groups have restated their zero tolerance approach to raptor persecution. In a recently issued joint statement, BASC, the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation, the Country Landowners’ Association and the Moorland Association reiterated their commitment to eradicating the illegal killing of birds of prey. The groups outlined a number of key actions that they said would help eliminate the problem. These include: ensuring that interested parties such as management agents and syndicates are signed up to a zero tolerance policy towards raptor persecution; ensuring best practice is followed, with a clause prohibiting illegal activities towards raptors within a written agreement; a training course for interested parties to familiarise themselves with laws that protect raptors. A spokesman for the organisations said: “There must be no hiding place for behaviour that categorically risks…

1 min.
events

6 March Grey squirrel control course Glenwherry Hill Farm, Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland 9 March Introduction to woodpigeon shooting West Kent Shoot School, Paddock Wood, Kent 13 March Country Food Trust raceday Fakenham Racecourse, Fakenham, Norfolk 19 March Future of shooting, BASC members evening Berkshire College of Agriculture, Maidenhead, Berkshire 21 – 22 March West of England Game Fair Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset 23 – 24 March Holts Auction of Modern and Antique Guns Church Farm Barns, Wolferton, Norfolk holtsauctioneers.com 30 March – 2 April Deer stalking Certificate 1 Thoresby Estate, Nottinghamshire…