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Sporting Gun September 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
4,63 €(VAT inclusa)
37,04 €(VAT inclusa)
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wild justice turns its fire on the release of gamebirds

At the time of going to press, Wild Justice had launched another legal challenge to Defra and the wider shooting community. In what people may view as an ongoing war of attrition against rural practices, the campaign group has this time turned its fire on gamebird releases. It follows its challenge a few months ago as to the legality of general licences. The group, which consists of the scientists Dr Mark Avery and Dr Ruth Tingay, plus Chris Packham CBE, the TV presenter and naturalist, has launched a crowdfunding initiative to fight its latest action. In a statement to publicise the announcement of its sending a pre-action protocol letter to Michael Gove at Defra, requiring him to “assess the impacts of the release of the vast and increasing numbers of non-native gamebirds into…

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just as you thought it was safe to go back into the field a new legal challenge from wild justice has been launched.

The latest action has taken a broadside at Defra and the wider game-shooting community by claiming the Government department has failed to assess the impact on sites of conservational interest of releasing non-native gamebirds into the countryside. Wild Justice has called for more government regulation of the shooting industry. This is particularly galling because we – the shooting community – have always been good at regulating our own practices. For example, The British Game Alliance was set up after we noticed some incidents of bad practice when it came to rearing and shooting game. With the help of the major shooting organisations, our sport took a good long and hard look at what it was doing. My point being that legislation did not force us to review our practices, we did…

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gove defends licences action

Michael Gove appeared before the environment, food and rural affairs committee in the House of Commons to answer questions and explain Defra’s role in the general licences farrago. The environment secretary defended the decision by Natural England to revoke three licences (GL04, 05 and 06) at short notice in April. He said that the government agency’s actions were based on a “combination of its legal advice and its board’s reflection on the position in which it found itself”. Mr Gove said that in the circumstances and that given the legal advice it had received, there was “no alternative” course of action for Natural England to take. Mr Gove declined to reveal what the legal advice was. He said: “The fault does not lie with the Natural England board... but the real problem…

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candidates differ on rural issues

The two candidates vying for the role of leader of the Conservative Party and, de facto, prime minister have outlined where they stand on a number of issues facing the rural community, not least general licences. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt were asked by the Countryside Alliance if they would ensure there were “no undue restrictions on legitimate gun ownership and use”. Mr Hunt said he “wouldn’t introduce any undue restrictions” whereas Mr Johnson, who is the clear favourite to win the contest, was more circumspect. He said: “We rightly have some of the strictest gun laws in the world. I believe that legitimate ownership and use should come with robust levels of responsibility, too.” The two men also took a different line on the issue of general licences. Asked whether they would give…

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1-4 August Countryfile Live Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire Countryfilelive.com 2 August The Queen’s Annual Charity Clay Day Sandringham Estate, Norfolk gunroom@holtsauctioneers.com 2-3 August Highland Field Sports Fair Moy Estate, Inverness-shire www.moyfieldsportsfair.co.uk 24 August Cornwall Clay Shoot, Caerhays Castle www.gwct.org.uk/events 25-26 August Fenland Country Fair Stow-cum-Quy Park fenlandfairs.com 30 August-1 September Chatsworth Country Fair Chatsworth House, Derbyshire www.chatsworth.org…

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news in brief

Wild boar qualification A qualification in wild boar management is to be launched this autumn. Wild boar hunting has increased across the UK in recent years and the course is intended to ensure that boar hunters are operating in a safe, legal and humane manner. Such qualifications are common throughout continental Europe. In Germany, hunters must pass a practical test together with an exam covering biology, meat hygiene, law, gundog work and more before obtaining a licence. The scheme will be administered by DMQ, the consortium that runs the deer-stalking certificate programme. Chairs of BASC BASC members have elected a new chairman and vice-chairman. Eoghan Cameron, a self-employed manager, has been elected chairman. Council member Claire Sadler has been elected vice-chairman. Claire, a business lawyer, is the first woman to be elected to…