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Sporting Gun October 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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crop protection

Geoff Garrod uses the fact that pigeon adore rape stubble to protect nearby unharvested crops. He finds that waiting until the rape has been harvested means his success rate is high and he is able to deliver them to the local game dealer, so they are used ethically. Geoff prefers to leave the pigeon where they fall, rather than piling them high under a hedgerow in the shade, as this risks them being fly-blown. He advocates keeping in close contact with the farmer to make sure the timing and conditions are ideal.…

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call for further study on heather burning before any ban

The Government has been urged not to make hasty decisions over banning heather burning on grouse moorland after research on the issue has been questioned. The findings of a long-term study known as EMBER (Effects of Moorland Burning on the Ecohydrology of River basins) and conducted by the University of Leeds have been challenged. In a paper recently published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, scientists from Lancaster University and the University of York have cast doubt as to whether EMBER’s findings that burning heather was consequentially damaging to river water quality, peat hydrology and structures and aquatic life are valid. Dr Mark Ashby of Lancaster University and Dr Andreas Heinemeyer of the University of York, said: “Future work needs to control for site-specific differences so that prescribed burning impacts on ecosystem…

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wild justice was ‘disinvited’ from the game fair after shooting organisations got ‘windy’ about the pressure group’s motives for attending and how fairgoers would react. have things really got that bad?

However, I was pleased to see a recent debate held between Charlie Jacoby from the Fieldsports Channel and Wild Justice at Birdfair, the Glastonbury for twitchers. What came out of the debate was the amount of misinformation flying around. Now we are facing another petition to ban driven grouse shooting and, to be honest, I welcome the debate. This mutual suspicion and hostility must end. We should be proud of the good we do for conservation and tell people about it. And please don’t think I’m having a ‘pop’ at our shooting organisations. Yes, I was disappointed that they didn’t want Wild Justice to attend The Game Fair formally but we need to stick together in the face of determined opposition. If you are not a member of a shooting organisation, now…

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birds decline when keepers leave the moors, says report

Groundnesting birds could be endangered if grouse-moor management is ended. This is the conclusion of research conducted by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT). It looked at the impact of ceasing grouse-moor management on birds such as curlew, golden plover and lapwing in south-west Scotland. It concluded that these birds could face a diminution in numbers and even local extinction as a result. One of the study areas, Muirkirk and North Lowther Uplands, where keepering has declined sharply, saw an 84% drop in the golden plover population, 88% drop in lapwing and a 61% drop in curlew. Alex Hogg, chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, said: “There are some who suggest grouse moors only support grouse… The opposite is true.” GOT ANY NEWS? TELL US ABOUT IT: Post: Sporting Gun, TI Media…

2 minuti
fees likely for firearms applicants

Applicants for firearms licences will most likely have to pay a fee for a medical report. The Home Office has announced that it is to consult on statutory guidance on how firearms licensing applications are dealt with by the UK’s police forces. The move follows a report by the policing inspectorate that found that processes across the country were inconsistent and that relevant medical information was not always shared and was therefore a safety risk, despite minimal crime committed by people with legally held firearms. The new guidance will introduce a legal requirement for UK police forces to check the medical records of all applicants. Policing minister Nick Hurd said: “We need to bring greater consistency to how firearms licences are issued and I am confident that the police, GPs and shooting…

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labour grouse review is class driven politics, say rural groups

Countryside groups have accused the Labour Party of ignorance and pandering to political correctness after it called for a review into grouse shooting. In an announcement timed to coincide with the start of the grouse shooting season, the party said it was “calling for the review in light of extensive evidence that driven grouse shooting causes substantial environmental damage”. Adrian Blackmore, the Countryside Alliance’s director of shooting, said: “It is quite extraordinary that in the present political turmoil and with all the serious environmental issues facing the world, the Labour Party has chosen to launch a thinly veiled political attack on grouse shooting.” A spokesman for Defra said: “We continue to support shooting, recognising it is vital that wildlife and habitats are respected and protected and we ensure a sustainable, mutually beneficial…