Sporting Gun February 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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rural groups pledge to work with the new government

Rural groups have pledged to work closely with the new government following the general election last month, which saw the Conservative Party returned to government. Tim Bonner, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said: “The result will have a profound and lasting impact on the countryside as Britain will now leave the European Union and implement post-Brexit agricultural and environmental policy.” Commenting on why the rural seats in England had turned Conservative blue, along with many in Wales – Scotland being a different story with the success of the SNP – Mr Bonner cited varying reasons why the public voted the way they did but said: “The determination of the Labour Party in particular to treat rural policy as a playground for metropolitan fads and fashions clearly helped turn the countryside against…

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editor’s welcome

This saddened me because I like to think that we welcome new people and the more people who shoot and understand fieldsports the better. Over the past 30 years guns and shooting seem to have been almost forced underground because of legislation and restrictions. I’m not saying this legislation is not necessary but it does mean that the only guns most people see are being used in Hollywood blockbusters. No wonder the public has a skewed idea about what we do. Add to that some misinformation (of which there is plenty) and you can understand why our sport is often held in disesteem. In countries such as Denmark and Sweden, shooting is an understood part of everyday life and that’s the way I would like it to be in the UK. Nick…

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basc calls for licences to be extended for a year

BASC has called upon Defra to extend the general licences in England for a year. The shooting organisation made its comments in an official response to the department’s consultation on the licences, which was conducted over the autumn and ended on 5 December. The consultation was the consequence of the furore earlier in the year surrounding the withdrawal of the licences in April by Natural England following the threat of a legal challenge by the campaign group Wild Justice. New temporary licences were issued following an outcry by those affected but these only run until the end of February. BASC has asked Defra to extend these for a further year as there had been insufficient time for the consultation. BASC has implored Defra to trust the information from shooters who have experience of…

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trespass may become a criminal offence

Fieldsports saboteurs could face more stringent legal sanctions following the general election. The Conservative Party manifesto included a commitment to “make intentional trespass a criminal offence” and as the party was returned to government with a large majority, there is a fair chance that this will be enshrined in legislation. Trespass is currently a civil matter, with landowners required to undertake lengthy and expensive court proceedings or risk prosecution if they use force to remove trespassers. Also, fieldsports participants often feel intimidated by antis. Under the new proposal, police officers would be able to arrest trespassers. Saboteur groups routinely trespass in order to disrupt shooting and trail hunting. They have pledged to oppose any changes to the law. Ed Rowlandson of the Countryside Alliance said: “Making intentional trespass a criminal offence is something…

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bellamy inspired a generation

Tributes have been paid to David Bellamy, the naturalist, who died in December. Liam Bell, chairman of the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation, of which Bellamy, 86, was patron and an honorary life member, said: “David inspired a generation of children to look under logs, identify the trees in their garden and learn more about our fascinating natural world. He also understood the work of gamekeepers, the value of their work to conservation and sustainable land management and was a supporter of the NGO for decades. He was also a keen supporter of the NGO Educational Trust and will be greatly missed by everyone at the NGO who has worked with him.” Bellamy was a fixture on the nation’s television screens in the 1970s and 1980s. He even became a staple of Sir Lenny…

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news in brief

Fun at the fairs A couple of events for you to put in your diaries as 2020 takes flight. The West of England Game Fair will celebrate its 25th anniversary in March at the Royal Bath and West Showground in Somerset over the weekend of Saturday 21 and Sunday 22. Bristol Clay Shooting will oversee clay shoot competitions and a team of experts from BASC will be on hand. In April, The Great Shires Game Fair takes place at the Three Counties Showground in Worcestershire over the weekend of Saturday 18 and Sunday 19. Gunslingers head West Visitors to the West London Shooting School can now benefit from a new venture. Sportarm has taken over the gunroom at the school and has been up and running there since the autumn. Sportarm, which has…