Sporting Gun

Sporting Gun September 2020

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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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United Kingdom
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12 Números

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1 min.
at the zenith

Breda, an Italian company well known for its semi-autos, has exploded onto the clay market with its debut sporter, the Zenith – a clay-busting over-and-under boasting superb engineering and a host of innovative ideas. Chief among these is the fact that all the wearable parts can be replaced – which should guarantee a shooter many years of life out of it, no matter how many clays are accounted for. Editor Matt tried it at the shooting ground and found it comfortable to use as he dusted target after target. See what you think about this refreshingly different over-and-under.…

2 min.
groups submit evidence on release of gamebirds

Shooting groups have submitted a 60-page statement in support of their arguments about the release of gamebirds. The document is in response to the legal challenge from Wild Justice, the campaign group, who were granted permission by the High Court for a judicial review recently on the impact of such releases on sites of high nature conservation value in the UK. The groups – BASC, the Countryside Alliance, the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation and the Game Farmers’ Association – were registered as interested parties in the wake of the legal action. They dispute the legal basis for the challenge by Wild Justice and cite the latest science, describing the impacts, both direct and indirect, of gamebird releases in their submission. A joint statement issued by the groups said: “As interested parties, we are leading…

1 min.
shooting from a hide is some of the most exciting shooting you can do. reconnaissance is vital for success.

Looking at flightlines will help you choose a good place to set up, build a decent hide and set out your decoys. All you have to do then is wait. It’s having patience that I often struggle with, but there is something magical about the expectation of a good ambush, whether that’s with pigeon, corvids or wildfowl, and when it all comes together there is nothing like it. Your reflexes have to be sharp and target skills even sharper. In this issue we look at every aspect of hide shooting, from getting a permission to feeding habits, reconnaissance, hide building, target practice and decoys. Next month, as things are gradually returning to normal, I hope we will be able to announce the winners of our competition pages. There will be quite a few,…

1 min.
allan bags his fausti lx

Sporting Gun’s Fausti Class LX shotgun winner was finally able to collect his prize from The Oxford Gun Company this month. Allan Paton from Oxfordshire won the gun, worth £2,700, in February but because of lockdown has only just received his prize. Allan, who was presented with his prize by David Florent of Oxford Gun, said that like many self-employed people his work had been badly hit by the pandemic. “To win the Fausti was such a nice surprise after everything else. I’m overawed. It’s the most expensive gun I have ever had. It will replace one of my other guns for clay and game shooting.” The Class LX shotgun was kindly donated by Fausti UK and the competition ran in the December 2019 to February 2020 issues of Sporting Gun.…

1 min.
wildfowlers fear for sport

Wildfowlers are concerned their sport is under threat because of Natural England’s approach to dealing with consents. Areas of particular concern are the Humber Estuary and Morecambe Bay, heartlands of the sport. The main issue is that consents covering these areas are not being renewed by Natural England. The consents allow for sustainable wildfowling on protected sites and are issued individually, which means that there are often a number of different consents for a particular area. The combination of these consents means that one cannot be granted without assessing other impacts. A source has told Sporting Gun that there is concern that Natural England’s default position is to refuse consents because it cannot physically carry out all the assessments it is required to do and therefore cannot give the go-ahead to one…

2 min.
news in brief

NGO highlights predator problem The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation has gone on the offensive about the damage predators are doing without licensed control. It has launched a blog, Wildlife Licensing Crisis, highlighting what can occur when such birds are not properly controlled. In particular, it focuses on the lack of licences issued by Natural England for predatory birds as the cause of the problem, especially on protected sites. The NGO says that Natural England has only approved 6% of licences applied for on such sites in England. The blog highlights the predations of corvids and gulls, and follows the recent plea to the government to strip Natural England of its licensing powers. Stamp act The Wildlife Habitat Trust has launched a stamp to raise money. The stamp costs £5 and shows pink-footed geese flying…