Sporting Gun July 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
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12 Números

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2 min.
shooting comes out of pandemic hibernation

Shooting in all its forms is taking steps to resume in whatever way it can within the constraints of the lockdown. The CPSA, the governing body for clay target shooting in England, contacted its affiliated clubs and clay grounds saying that it had been working with the Government and police and had received reassurances that following the official easing of restrictions on 13 May that it was possible to start clay shooting again in England. West London Shooting School is one venue that said it would reopen on a trial basis. Its communication stated: “Shooting grounds can reopen when they are ready and our members are now able to participate and enjoy the sport of clay target shooting recreationally while all following strict CV19 safety protocols and guidance. Importantly, we have now…

1 min.
editor’s welcome

Our friends in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland still have their movement restricted. There is no doubt that everyone will have lost something during this crisis, whether that’s a loved one, a job, income or hope. Things will be very different from now on. Some shoots have written off the 2020 season while others are offering limited days. Clay grounds in England are beginning to reopen having spent part of their peak season in lockdown. I am optimistic that we will recover and start to rebuild what the virus has destroyed. We need to support each other, as we have done during lockdown, and help rebuild our sport. I am sure many of us are looking forward to starting to shoot again. I certainly am and I intend to get down to…

1 min.
duke marks trust’s achievement

It was a case of thanks a million when the Duke of Cambridge joined the Country Food Trust on social media recently to celebrate it passing the landmark of delivering more than a million game ready meals to people in need since it was founded five years ago. Tim Woodward, the Trust’s chief executive, said that it had been an “incredible journey”. “One million meals is a major landmark for us in our aim of helping people in food poverty, but also a moment to contemplate the sheer scale of the need for food within our country.” That need has never been more apparent than during the coronavirus crisis. Mr Woodward said that it had become clear during the pandemic that “more and more people have fallen into food poverty”. The Trust launched an…

1 min.
top shot martin iddon dies

The family of Martin Iddon have paid tribute to him following his death from cancer. Martin, 77, was from Tarleton, near Preston, Lancashire. He spent his early years wildfowling on the Ribble estuary before turning to clays in the late 1970s. He secured his first win at the English Open DTL class B. He also experienced success with his son, Marcus, at the Father and Son Championship. Marcus said that his father was “well known and well liked” on the Helice circuit and won several Veterans Championships. He often accompanied Marcus and his grandson, Gareth, to competitions and was very proud of their GB team successes. He will be much missed by them, his wife, Ann, other family and his shooting friends, who will hold many fond of memories of their…

1 min.
news in brief

Vote for BASC council BASC has urged its members to exercise their vote in the council’s forthcoming election. Ten candidates are to contest two national seats, while a single candidate is standing for the Northern Irish seat. BASC is one of the most prominent shooting organisations in the UK and the council is its governing body, elected by the membership. The vote comes at a time when pressing issues such as the status of the general licences and the phased move away from lead shot has put BASC in the spotlight. The deadline for voting is 10am on Wednesday 8 July. Moorland Association elects new head Mark Cunliffe-Lister is the new chairman of the Moorland Association. Mr Cunliffe-Lister, who runs the Swinton estate in Masham, North Yorkshire, was elected last month. He singled…

1 min.
news in brief

Irish government bans pigeon shooting The Irish government has banned pigeon shooting in the Republic until 1 September. The move, which came into effect at the end of May and was announced by Josepha Madigan, the minister for culture, has caused uproar in the country’s farming and sporting communities. The National Association of Regional Game Councils said that the move had removed farmers’ “most effective form of crop protection from woodpigeon damage”. Challenge for budding journalists Country sports enthusiasts who are equally adept as communicators have been encouraged to engage with the BASC Young Shots Journalist initiative. The idea is to articulate their love of shooting to the wider world through the medium of journalism. Successful candidates will spend the year learning about the different forms of journalism – writing, photography and video…