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Sporting Rifle

Sporting Rifle February 2020

The first and market-leading rifle shooting mag in the UK, Sporting Rifle covers rifle sports of all kinds, from rimfire rabbits to big game overseas and everything in between. With the very best writers on board, we cover foxing and UK deer stalking extensively in every issue, with tips and tricks as well as stories from the field to help your outings be more successful.

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United Kingdom
言語:
English
出版社:
Future Publishing Ltd
刊行頻度:
Monthly
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a 2020 vision

Christmas has once again rolled around, and with it the time for reflection and contemplation on the year just gone, and our hopes for the one ahead. Even just a few short weeks ago I wouldn’t have gone into Christmas feeling as positive as I do about the future of field sports, but a strong Conservative majority in parliament, the Records of British Game yearbook showing increasing quality in deer herds across the country, and success stories from the world of conservation all indicate we as countrymen and women have much to look forward to. Of course, securing our future won’t be without challenges – while the Conservatives have traditionally been the party that supports field sports and all they contribute to the economy and wildlife of our island nation, the…

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shooting faces fight against extremism

Shooting has come under a fresh wave of attacks from activists who have been described as “extremists”, who wish to see an end to live quarry shooting in the UK, or to all private gun ownership. The most blatant example of anti-shooting extremism was the disruption of a BASC game dinner at Derby Museum, which came under fire from the Derby Hunt Saboteurs group, which pressured the museum to cancel the event. On the day of the event, sabs staged a protest outside the entrance to the venue. One BASC member described them as an “angry yelling mob” and reported that they followed some guests through the streets on their way to the museum. Guests then left quietly out of the back entrance in order to avoid further intimidation. These days, however,…

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fin and game gives back to the planet

Shooters can show their environmental credentials by shopping at Fin and Game, who have become a member of the ‘1% for the Planet’ scheme. This means that every purchase you make from Fin and Game, 1% of every sale will go directly back to organisations working to protect the planet. Launched by the founders of outdoor brands Patagonia and Blue Ribbon Flies, ‘1% for the Planet’ has been in operation since 2002 and has donated over $225m to environmental non-profits since then. Tom Leslie, owner of Fin and Game, said: “It is impossible not to see the impacts we as humans are having on the world around us. As a business that depends on the environment, how could we not get behind such a fantastic cause that is trying to make a difference? “It…

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will new government look after shooting?

The UK has a new majority government – and BASC is already hard at work in Westminster ensuring that the value of shooting is recognised by the new parliament. The Conservative Party, typically viewed as the major party most sympathetic to shooting, takes the reins of power – however, these days nothing can be taken for granted, with MPs from any party seemingly capable of supporting anti-shooting legislation. That’s why political advocacy on behalf of the shooting sports is more important than ever. A BASC statement said: “BASC is committed to working with the new government to ensure that shooting’s value to rural communities is recognised and that its contribution to the UK economy is rightfully acknowledged. “Shooting is worth an estimated £2 billion to the UK economy. The contribution to the health…

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mixed views on wildlife sentences

Scotland’s plans to toughen up on wildlife crime have come under scrutiny at a round-table discussion in Holyrood. The proposals, made as part of the Animals and Wildlife (Protections, Penalties and Powers) (Scotland) Bill, would increase maximum penalties for the most serious offences to five years in jail or an unlimited fine or both. The five-year jail term elevates wildlife crime to the ‘serious crime’ category, which means the police could deploy ‘intrusive’ surveillance in cases where a jail term of three years or more could be expected and there was no other means to gather evidence. Maximum penalties for other offences are to be increased to a 1 year jail term, a fine up to £40,000, or both. The Bill also extends the time available for enforcement bodies to bring evidence to…

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scotland delays general licence changes

Changes to three General Licences in Scotland, which had been expected to come into force on 1 January, have been delayed until 1 April. BASC said this avoided “the potential of short notice changes” and said it was a sensible move: “SNH are to be applauded for taking time to analyse the 700 responses to their consultation as well as fully consider the detailed results from the recent BASC survey that included more than 1,000 individual responses. While it is clear that there will be some changes to the conditions of these licences, including changes to the species listings, it is sensible not to rush these decisions.”…