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Sporting Gun July 2019

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.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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the knee-jerk reaction from natural england, temporarily revoking the general licences because of a legal challenge from wild justice, left many of us reeling.

There was no consultation and it was done so quickly that many of us risked inadvertently breaking the law. The numbers of woodpigeons and corvids are healthy due to mild winters and food abundance. If they are not controlled we will pay the price when the cost of cereals and vegetables increases. A happy by-product of protecting crops from woodpigeon is that the meat goes into the food chain. Could there be a more ethical way to eat meat? If avian pests go unchecked all we will end up with is a numerous but starving bird population because there will be more birds than food. A calm and measured approach to any change to the general licences must only take place after those who engage with pest species are consulted. A…

4 minuti
general licences: where we are and the latest reactions

As the July edition of Sporting Gun goes to press, it has been four weeks since Natural England announced the revocation of general licences 04, 05 and 06. The announcement caught most in the shooting community by surprise, following a challenge by Wild Justice, the campaign group, as to the legality of the licences. Much has happened since Natural England announced the withdrawal of the licences with effect from the end of Thursday 25 April. It will pay to recap but first, where are we? We are awaiting Defra to announce its findings following its invitation to consult about the withdrawal of the licences, which ran from Saturday 4 May to Monday 13 May. Defra took charge of the situation from Natural England on 4 May following the fallout from the revocation 10…

2 minuti
general licences revocation timeline

13 February Wild Justice, a campaign group that consists of Chris Packham, the TV presenter and naturalist, Mark Avery, former conservation director of the RSPB, and Ruth Tingay, conservationist and raptor expert, launches and notifies Natural England of its intention to challenge the legality and application of general licences GL04, GL05 and GL06 in their current form under the provisions of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 12 march Tony Juniper appointed the new chairman of Natural England 13 march Natural England gives formal response to Wild Justice’s contention about the legality of the general licences 21 march Wild Justice declares itself unhappy with the response from Natural England and lodges a legal challenge seeking a judicial review of Natural England’s decision on the licences being fit for purpose 23 april Natural England announces at 3.39pm that the general…

1 minuti
firearms licensing fees frozen

The Home Office has confirmed that firearms licensing fees will not be reviewed this year. The decision was announced by Nick Hunt, head of the Home Office’s serious violence unit, in a recent letter to Sir Geoffrey Clifton Brown MP, chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on shooting and conservation. In the letter, Mr Hunt said there was uncertainty around “critical issues”, such as delays in implementing an online licensing system and the need to review arrangements for police to check applicants’ medical records with GPs, that need to be resolved. He said that because of this it was difficult to quantify police costs accurately with regard to the issuing of licences and that an increase was inappropriate for the time being. However, Mr Hunt confirmed that: “The Home Office is committed to…

1 minuti
gunmaker’s £10,000 award

Holland & Holland has announced a bursary scheme for young gamekeepers and stalkers. The recipient will be given up to £10,000 by the renowned London gunmaker to enable them to pursue a work project. A panel of figures from the shooting world will decide who is the worthy candidate and the winner will be announced in July. Holland & Holland said that gamekeepers and stalkers play an essential role in shaping and protecting shooting and the countryside and that it was looking to help somebody who embodied these characteristics, with an emphasis on sustainability. The money would be used to facilitate their career goals and their ability to communicate their ideas.…

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ronnie crowe

It is with great sadness that I report the death of Ronnie Crowe at the grand age of 91, writes Peter Theobald. Readers may remember him from the CLA Game Fair, where he set up his sporting bygones stand and posed for photographs wearing his top hat next to the stuffed fox that was playing snooker. Ronnie, who was an accomplished shot, started his career as a reporter and went into photography full time, buying premises that he converted into a gunshop. He was always involved in shooting and qualified as a referee so that he could travel around Europe. He felt he needed to speak French but was unable to master the language so resorted to speaking loudly in a French accent. Ronnie was a larger-than-life character who touched the lives of…