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Sporting Gun January 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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1 minuti
the question of what we do with the game we shoot has never been more pertinent.

It seems that the UK has lost its appetite for game. When I was shooting last week, I heard one of my fellow Guns joke that the two woodpigeons we shot were worth more than all the pheasants we’d taken. A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to shoot on an estate where you swapped your shot birds for “oven ready” game at the end of the day. I thought this was a great idea. Many are put off eating game because of the time it takes to prepare a game bird. Having it oven-ready makes life so much easier. Robin Scott raises the question of oven-ready versus preparing your own game for the pot on page 98. I have to say I side with Neil Fletcher and prefer oven-ready because…

10 minuti

Legal challenge over Welsh shooting ban Three of the UK’s leading rural groups have joined forces to legally challenge the recent ban on pheasant shooting on public land in Wales (News, December 2018). The Countryside Alliance, BASC and the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation sought legal advice when Natural Resources Wales (NRW) decided to reject all future pheasant shooting leases, seemingly at the behest of the environment minister for Wales, Hannah Blythyn AM. Lawyers acting on behalf of the three organisations have now issued a letter before action to NRW and may seek a judicial review, which they will jointly fund. Christopher Graffius, BASC’s executive director of communications and public affairs, said: “An evidence-gathering review and consultation process came out in favour of shooting, yet NRW appeared to change its position after later interjection by the…

1 minuti

16 January BASC Novice Live Game Shooting Day Whitrigg estate, Penrith, Cumbria www.basc.org.uk/events 8-10 February NGO Deerstalking Certificate Level 1 — South West Millpool, Looe, Cornwall Tel 01833 660 869 15-17 February British Shooting Show NEC Birmingham www.shootingshow.co.uk 20 February Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust – Stag Course Calton Moor Range, Swinscoe, Derbyshire Tel 01677 470180 2 March The Fourth Antique Arms Fair Pillar Hall, Olympia, London www.antiquearmsfair.com 5 March Game 2019 Loddington House, Main Street, Loddington, Leicester Tel 01425 651013…

3 minuti
news in brief

Honda fights rural crime Honda has partnered with security specialist Datatool to tackle the problem of rising rural crime. All new Honda ATV and Pioneer utility machines bought after 1 November will come fitted with tracking equipment at no extra cost. A Honda spokesman said: “We take security incredibly seriously and wanted to highlight the positive role manufacturers can play in tackling rural crime. Our partnership with Datatool is the latest in a long line of initiatives to lead the way in all-terrain security.” Watchfinder Royal Flush 2018 under way The 2018 Watchfinder Royal Flush is under way, but shooters still have the chance to register. This year there are five new challenging sequences in the simulated game shooting competition at Royal Berkshire Shooting School. There is a £1,000 cash prize up for…

3 minuti
the next generation

How does it feel to be chosen as the country’s top gamekeeping student? Brilliant! I didn’t believe it when I read it, but it’s amazing. What do you think set you apart from the other hopefuls? I did a lot to engage with a lot of different types of people from different walks of life, as well as doing a lot of community work, so I think that was a big push towards it. When did you first start shooting? I picked it up when I was about six, going out with my dad. Then, when I was about 12, my dad said: “This is as much as I know, so if you want to take it further then you’re going to have to go and learn from different people”. Aged 15, I won a competition…

4 minuti
arms and the man

We live in an often mad, bad world where misdemeanors once thought sufficiently serious to warrant punishment now rarely raise an eyebrow. Unless a crime is particularly shocking — or the sentence so ludicrously lenient — it seems we are becoming hardened to the “nasties” that society tosses our way. After all, where’s the point getting worked up over yet another set of appalling crime statistics if the police don’t appear particularly bothered about catching certain types of criminal or, when a bad apple is brought to justice, the courts go soft on sentencing? Revelation Mind you, the startling revelation that nearly 40,000 knife offences were recorded by police in just the first half of 2018 made me sit bolt upright at the breakfast table. It probably did you too. And if that mind-boggling…