Sporting Gun May 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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
USD 5.50
USD 44.02
12 Números

en este número

1 min.
lead shot debate

A price on one’s lead In one corner, we have the organisations that represent shooting, who have announced that they support the phasing out of lead shot and plastic cartridges over the next five years. In the other corner are the cartridge manufacturers, who say that while huge steps have been made to both find a substitute for lead and an environmentally sound but still efficient replacement for plastic, the timeframe is unworkable. What are the issues behind this move and how will it affect our sport?…

2 min.
coronavirus takes its toll on the country

At the time of going to press, the coronavirus pandemic was the dominant news story and it is likely to remain so for a good while. All sectors of society are affected by the spread of the virus, COVID-19, and shooting is no exception. Affairs are moving apace and being a monthly publication it is inevitable that by the time you read this the situation will be markedly different. However, it is our duty to report things as they stand and in this regard we can tell you that the virus is taking its toll on country sports. The West of England Game Fair, the first major game fair of the year and due to take place over the weekend of March 21 and 22, at the Royal Bath & West Showground…

1 min.
editor’s welcome

Whatever your take on the proposed phasing out of lead shot by the major shooting organisations, I think we can all agree that the message could have been better delivered. Many of you feel that our shooting organisations have let us down. However, BASC et al face fights ahead where they can prove their mettle. What shooting needs at the moment is unity and that comes from us. We need these organisations to defend us against serious challenges on the general licences and the release of gamebirds. This month we address all these important issues, including an update on the state of play regarding the gun-licensing system. All this may seem trivial at a time when the world is fighting a pandemic. The livelihoods of many have been affected by this crisis,…

1 min.
lead shot to be phased out

A seismic change to shooting was announced on February 24. A consortium of nine organisations that represent countryside interests in the UK, issued a joint statement saying they wished to see the phasing out of lead shot and single use plastics over the next five years. Signatories included BASC, Countryside Alliance, the National Gamkeeepers’ Organisation and the GWCT. Unsurprisingly, the announcement provoked a range of reactions, supportive and otherwise. Sporting Gun has looked at the issues and you can read these in this edition starting on pages 10-13, 14-15, 42-44, 48-50. This is obviously a radical change in how shooters go about their business and sport and, as such, something that we will continue to cover in the months ahead. We welcome any feedback of our coverage and are most…

1 min.
gamebird release legal challenge

The release of gamebirds in the British countryside is facing legal scrutiny. Wild Justice, the wildlife campaign group, says releases could be unlawful with regard to the effect they have on Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and Special Areas of Conservation. The group, fronted by scientists Mark Avery, Ruth Tingay and television naturalist Chris Packham, has sought a judicial review because it believes Defra could be in breach of the EU habitats directive by allowing such releases, estimated to be around 50 million birds annually, the majority being pheasant. Defra has responded to the legal challenge by instigating a review. The department said it would consider the “legislative arrangements around the relevant activities and whether there are ways in which their effectiveness could be improved”. Four leading shooting groups joined forces to fight the…

1 min.
news in brief

Invaluable conservation work recorded A survey has highlighted the conservation measures undertaken by gamekeepers as part of their everyday work. The exercise conducted by the GWCT, National Gamekeepers’ Organisation and the Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association studied the activities of around a thousand keepers nationwide. It involved their work in moorland, woodland, with quarry and predator species and how they engaged with the public, both face-to-face and via social media. Among the notable statistics were: those surveyed managed more than 1.63m hectares of land in England, Scotland and Wales; 90% of lowland gamekeepers planted cover crops that had associated benefits for other wildlife; 71% had planted trees in the past 10 years, with 47 hectares planted on average. For details visit…