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Sporting Gun November 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 launches gl online survey

Defra has launched a public survey as part of its review of the general licences. It will run until Thursday 5 December. Theresa Villiers, the environment secretary, said: “I completely understand the scale of interest in this important issue and the real concern of users who need to have confidence in the licensing system. “Working closely with Natural England, this survey is an important step in our wider review of general licences (GL). I want to encourage users and other interested parties to take part in the process.” Defra said that the aim of the review is to ensure that the licensing system to manage wild birds in England is “robust”. In a statement the department said that the aim of the review was to strike the “right balance between the protection of…

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we’ve been here before. we are looking down the barrel of yet another grouse-shooting debate.

I’m sure many of us will be weary of defending our sport, especially when our attackers seem unwilling to listen to our defence. However, I say bring it on! If this does turn into a parliamentary debate then let’s look at it as an opportunity. An opportunity to highlight the great conservation work we do and how much poorer the countryside would be without grouse shooting. I’m not talking about the economic benefits – Wild Justice have made clear in their petition that this does not matter to them – but about the richness of wildlife. How much poorer would our uplands be without moorland management? Controlled burning of heather in the winter and early spring not only leaves young shoots for grouse and waders, but arguably creates fire breaks, which in turn…

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rural groups say endangered birds will suffer if licence alters

Countryside organisations have said a predicted change by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to the conditions of a general licence for the country could have “catastrophic” consequences. The general licence 004 allows certain bird species, including carrion crows, magpies and jays, to be killed to protect other wild birds. Under the rumoured change to the licence it would only allow for the lethal control for the purpose of “conserving red or amber-listed birds of conservation concern”. The suggestion has not gone down well with rural groups. BASC, the Countryside Alliance, the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Farmers Union of Wales, NFU Cymru and the Country Landowners’ Association have united in their condemnation of the move. The organisations issued a joint statement saying the change would leave birds “exposed…

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labour outlines shooting plans

The Labour Party has released its Animal Welfare Manifesto, which includes a number of proposals that could affect the future of shooting. The 10-page document, announced recently by Sue Hayman, the shadow environment secretary, proposes, among other things: the prohibition of keeping gamebirds in cages and a plan to ban snaring. It also includes proposals to further regulate the use of dogs in fox control by removing the exemption that allows terriers to kill foxes to protect gamebirds. Tim Bonner, chairman of the Countryside Alliance, said that it was “in parts a deeply ignorant document”. He said that the current Labour Party had a “comical view of rural Britain”. Mr Bonner took aim at the focus on grouse shooting. “The document contains a commitment to ‘implement an independent review into the economic, environmental and…

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5 – 6 October Autumn Game Fair and Show South of England Showground Ardingly, West Sussex 12 October BASC Bisley Range Day Bisley Shooting Ground Woking, Surrey 15 – 16 October Improve your shooting Ian Coley, near Cheltenham, Gloucs www.iancoley.co.uk 17 October Shotgun and Chelsea Bun Club Ladies simulated clay day Chagford, Devon 31 October Improve your game shooting Humberside Shooting Ground Brandsburton, East Yorks 7 November Improve your game shooting Kibworth Shooting Ground Kibworth, Leics 9 November BASC Young shots Driven game day East Sussex 26 November Novices game day Hartpury College, Gloucs www.hartpury.ac.uk…

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news in brief

Shooting championship moves to the NEC The 2020 Airsoft Surgeon Championship is to be held at the NEC alongside the Great British Shooting Show. The move to the venue near Birmingham is an acknowledgment that a new arena was needed to accommodate the increasing number of shooters hoping to compete in the sport. Clarence Lai of Airsoft said: “Airsoft practical shooting, also called Action Air by the IPSC, has grown very quickly as a competitive shooting sport, with the success of the World Championship in Hong Kong bringing nearly 600 shooters from around the world together.” GWCT project to monitor red-listed species The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust has launched a project that will monitor the whereabouts of three red-listed birds, the curlew, lapwing and woodcock, which are disappearing at a rapid rate…