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Sporting Gun August 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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defra issues three new general licences

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has announced three new general licences. The news from Defra ended nearly two months of uncertainty and no little controversy following a challenge by Wild Justice, the wildlife campaign group, questioning the legality of some of the general licences issued by Natural England. The three new licences are GL34, GL35 and GL36 and became valid from 14 June. The new licences are in addition to GL26, GL28 and GL31, which were issued shortly after the revocation of the original licences, GL04, GL05 and GL06, by Natural England from 25 April. It was this action at the end of April that caused confusion as to what shooters were able to legally do and led to Michael Gove, the environment secretary, and his department…

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at one minute past midnight on14 june the pest bird crisis was largely resolved when defra issued three new general licences.

But what can be learned from this fiasco and can any good come of it? You could say that many of us are more ‘boned up’ on the law regarding wild birds and their control. That can only be a good thing. It also showed that quiet diplomacy is the way to resolve these issues. Did we come together as a shooting community in the face of effective opposition? I like to think we did. From the responses to the exclusive interviews we conducted with Dr Mark Avery, one third of Wild Justice, published on our Facebook page and the Shooting UK website, I was encouraged by how open-minded many of us were. We may not agree with Wild Justice but its opposition helps us to look more critically at what we do.…

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reactions to the new licences

The revocation of the general licences GL04, GL05 and GL06 by Natural England following Wild Justice’s legal challenge elicited trenchant views from all sides. Over the past couple of months there has been much uncertainty as to the legal status of some shooting activities, which was the whole point of the Wild Justice challenge. This has, for the moment, been resolved with the issue of the new licences, GL34, GL35 and GL36. However, as Michael Gove’s comments in our story on the adjoining page, 6, indicate, the matter is far from finished. Over the course of the next eight months Defra and Natural England will be looking to come up with a longer-term solution. In the meantime, there is the small matter of a further legal challenge by Wild Justice as to…

2 minuti
news in brief

Keen contest for Golden Grouse This year’s Golden Grouse Clay Shoot was hotly contested with just three clays separating the winner and runner-up. The event, organised by the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO), saw a close battle between Will Watson, the head keeper at Dallowgill estate, North Yorkshire, and Scott Fallon of the Bowes estate in County Durham. Will claimed victory and the Golden Grouse trophy with a score of 81, with Scott hot on his heels with 78 out of a 100-bird layout. “They were excellent scores that spoke of the prowess of shooting on show at the Coniston Shooting Ground in Skipton,” said John Clarke, the NGO’s northern development officer. Winners in other classes were: Junior High Gun – Josh Frankland, 63; Senior High Gun – Ian Bateman, 70; Ladies…

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yorkshire water rejects shoot ban despite campaigns

Yorkshire Water says it will continue to allow grouse shooting on its land. This is despite the water and utilities company coming under pressure from campaigners to ban the sport. The campaign has included organised mass visits to ‘monitor’ traps and snares on grouse moors, ‘warning signs’ on moorland and the publicising of the chief executive’s email address. An online petition is said to have garnered more than 125,000 signatures. The company, which provides water to more than five million people daily, said that to ban shooting on its land would be counterproductive and “damage our relationships with a range of stakeholders who we need to work with”. Yorkshire Water leases out shooting on a number of areas of moorland it owns, and on others where it owns the land but not the…

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langholm moor up for sale

Langholm Moor in Dumfries and Galloway has been put up for sale by Buccleuch Estates. The announcement heralds the end of a partnership between the Duke of Buccleuch and conservation organisations, including the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust. The idea was to reconcile the interests of raptors, namely the hen harrier, and that of the sporting community using the moor for grouse shooting. The experiment took a fascinating turn when the duke took his gamekeepers off the moor to see how it fared unmanaged. Following the move the hen harriers flourished to the detriment of grouse, waders and ground-nesting birds. However, within a few years their numbers started to decline as they were deprived of their food source. The moor was later managed again but the grouse failed to re-establish to the detriment…