Sporting Gun November 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

en este número

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powys mad

Down in the valleys was the perfect place for Editor Matt to see if the practice he’d put in on simulated days had paid off. Watching a pheasant fall to his first shot was certainly an encouraging start to the day, and things got even better as the drives went on. While the glorious scenery is a highlight at Powys Shoot, it also offers incredible value for money. This ensures it is within financial reach for many more Guns. Sadly, the pandemic has put paid to driven days for this season but owner Mark hopes the shoot will be up and running again next year. Which gives you plenty of time to get in a bit of extra practice … Find out more on Page 22…

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as we embark on the new season, many of us are having to adjust the way we shoot to suit the opportunities available to us.

For some that will mean a smaller bag, for others it will be walked-up rather than driven, and some will not be able to go game shooting at all. Last week I was told that there was to be a limit on the number of beaters on a shoot I beat for because of the safety restrictions due to COVID-19. As a result, it looks as if I won’t be beating much this season; but at least I have a couple of walked-up days booked. This month I am writing about a driven shoot I attended earlier in the year, which has been cancelled for this season because too many of the regulars were vulnerable. It is a brilliant shoot and great value for money. All being well it will be back…

2 min.
eu lead ban over all water closer

A blanket ban on the use of lead shot over all wetlands is a step closer following a decision by the EU. The EU’s REACH committee, which regulates chemicals, recently voted for a restriction of lead shot over wetlands. If this is enacted, it would see a buffer zone of 100 metres around any body of water, no matter the size, and all peatlands. This would include drainage ditches, for example. How this decision will affect the UK is not clear, however, the Government may well have to adopt such regulations as part of the process to finalise the UK’s exit from the European Union at the end of the year. Provided it is ratified by the end of next year, the proposed regulation will come into force at the beginning of…

1 min.
defra says general licences are almost ready for public scrutiny

Defra has given assurances to BASC that next year’s general licences for England will be ready for public scrutiny next month. The new licensing regime, which will come into force from 1 January, has been subject to a long-term review following a legal challenge last year. Defra is said to have completed an analysis of its review and is consulting with Natural England, the licensing authority, and will publish the new terms after this. George Eustice, the Environment Secretary, said: “It is vital that we have a robust, long-term licensing system.”…

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impacts of gamebird releases highlighted in new study

A review into the impacts of gamebird releases has been published. The study was commissioned jointly by BASC and Natural England, and conducted by scientists from the GWCT and the University of Exeter. BASC said it would help to guide the debate on the releases. The review looks at both the direct and associated effects of the releases. It found that there were both positive and negative consequences. For example, it said that the associated benefit of woodland management, supplementary feeding that helped support wintering songbirds and predator control had a positive effect. Negative effects included damaging plants by adding excessive nutrients to soil. Dr Joah Madden, of the University of Exeter, said many activities surrounding the releases “can bring environmental benefits when conducted carefully”. BASC said it was not shy of tackling areas…

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fowlers asked to heed duck call

Wildfowlers have been asked to contribute to a survey to determine how duck populations are changing. BASC has put out a call to the wildfowling community to enable it to compile as much accurate data as possible to help safeguard the future of the sport. In particular, wildfowlers have been asked to provide duck wings to help determine population trends. BASC is responsible for collecting information on the sex and age ratios of quarry species, which can reveal essential information about them. The survey was relaunched in 2017 after a break of 16 years. It originally ran between 1972 and 2001, when it was stopped due to a funding shortage. Heather Warrender, BASC’s science officer, said: “The wing survey provides a hugely valuable source of data to monitor our quarry species more closely than…