Sporting Gun January 2020

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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labour promises crackdown on wildlife crime if elected

The Labour Party has promised to clampdown on wildlife crime, if elected. In a statement that preceded the party’s election manifesto, Sue Hayman, the shadow environment secretary, said more would be done to combat fox hunting, hare coursing and what it describes as other wildlife crimes. Ms Hayman said that if the party were in government it would spend £4.5m on 82 new officers as part of its pledge to increase overall policing numbers to “help protect both wild animals and property in rural communities”. The plans would increase the number of police officers dedicated to dealing with wildlife crime to 170. The announcement follows the publication of the party’s Animal Welfare Manifesto over the summer. In that manifesto Labour pledged to “enhance and strengthen” the Hunting Act 2004, which could include the…

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it’s that time of year again, when we are all rushing around like idiots getting ready for the festive season.

However, I did manage to sneak out for a walked-up day recently. I was armed with my old Baikal single barrel and my fellow shooters were slightly derisory of my Soviet blast from the past. True, the Baikal is primitive, but it has an important advantage – it is light. When you are walking up to 10 miles in a day, you don’t want to be lugging around something the weight of a cannon. I shot well with the Baikal and my shooting companions now looked at the gun in a new light. It had transformed me from a poor shot to something nearing mediocrity. Whether it was because my arms weren’t tired from carrying a heavy gun and so I shot better, I don’t know. Or perhaps it’s a gun…

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gwct launches best practice test for shoot managers

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) has launched an online test for shoot managers. The aim is to help people demonstrate that they are up to speed with best practice. Objectives of the test include helping managers understand conservation benefits, and demonstrate a working knowledge of wildlife legislation, predation control and game management in accordance with the Code of Good Shooting Practice. Dr Roger Draycott, of the GWCT, said: “Best practice in shoot management is key to demonstrating that shoots are run well and delivering environmental benefits.” The test is multiple choice and should take 20 minutes. A certificate will be issued electronically on successful completion. The test is free for GWCT members, £40 for non-members. Visit GOT ANY NEWS? TELL US ABOUT IT: Post: Sporting Gun, TI Media Ltd, Pinehurst…

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news in brief

More companies target show The Great British Shooting Show is to take place at the NEC Birmingham between 14 and16 February 2020. It is the UK’s largest trade and retail shooting show, chock-full of national and international exhibitors. Accurize, the Norwegian laser target shooting company, is the latest to confirm its place at the show. For more information or to book tickets, visit Brexit delay sees new firearms rules come into force The UK’s delayed departure from the EU following two Brexit extensions has had an impact on firearms law. From 12 December it will be a legal requirement to register the transfer of deactivated weapons with the Home Office. This notification of the possession of deactivated weapons will be staggered. Those acquired after September 2018 will require immediate notification, while all…

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university to ban shooting on its land following campaign

A university has decided to ban pheasant shooting on land it leases after coming under pressure from animal rights campaigners and students. The University of Reading has said it would no longer allow its land to be used for rearing birds and shoots once its licence ends in February. The university has leased land for pheasant shooting in Shinfield, Berkshire, for a number of years. The League Against Cruel Sports wrote to the university in September demanding that it end the arrangement and students began lobbying for a ban. Shooting groups have condemned the decision. The Countryside Alliance accused the university of “turning its back on prevailing science” and not engaging in sensible discussion. BASC was even more vehement: “BASC is gravely disappointed that the university – an agricultural institution – has decided…

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moorland burning is not beneficial, research says

The burning of moorland does not help to improve wildlife nor does it enhance grouse populations, a new study has suggested. Researchers from the universities of Durham and Newcastle studied birds on 18 estates in northern England and south-east Scotland. The habitats scrutinised ranged from managed moorland to grounds with no management for shooting. The researchers measured the impacts of predator control and heather burning on species of concern, including the red grouse. The study concluded that while predator controls had positive associations with most of the bird populations the “evidence for effects of burning was much weaker”. The report acknowledged the entrenched opinions over the “efficacy and ethics of management actions”. Many gamekeepers, who argue it leads to the regeneration of moorland and aids biodiversity, use heather burning to manage grouse populations. Mark…