Sporting Gun

Sporting Gun July 2021

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
Future Publishing Ltd
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1 min.
reed through

No, this isn’t a ‘spot the dog’ competition – it’s the sight of Nick Ridley’s young cocker, Percy, getting his first run in a working test. And the sight of Nick himself, who is more usually on the other side of the lens. The pair headed to Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire for the London Working Spaniel Society working test – which involved retrieving from some rushy sedge reed in woodland. After a long wait, which was a bit of a worry as Percy can ‘get a wiggle on’, he got into his hunting pattern as soon as Nick clicked him off. Read the Adventures of Nick & Ted t o find out how he got on…

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now we are coming out of lockdown things are slowly returning to normal, and no more so than in our sport.

Our Clay Shooting Classic is taking place at Orston Shooting Ground just as we are going to press and we will give you a full round-up of that event in the next issue. This issue of Sporting Gun was lucky enough to be the first magazine to shoot the new Purdey Trigger Plate in 20-bore. At £69,000 plus VAT, I’m not suggesting we all buy one. I like to think I live in the real world and I know most of us will never have that sort of spending power, but it’s exciting to think that great British gunmaking is thriving. The company combines the best of traditional gunmaking with new technology and you can read all about that on page 96. It’s good to showcase the best of British gunmaking…

2 min.
gamebird release licensing on protected sites announced

The release of pheasants and red-legged partridges within European protected sites became subject to specific licence conditions in England from the end of May. The Government announced an interim licensing scheme for such releases following a consultation that garnered more than 2,000 responses from stakeholders. For the time being, gamebirds released within the protected sites and a 500m buffer zone from their boundaries, including Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs) will fall under the remit of conditions outlined in the licence GL43. It does not apply to land that is designated only as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The general licence approach announced by Defra was developed in response to a judicial review brought by Wild Justice against the Government over such releases, on the grounds that…

1 min.
pandemic sees cancellation of upcoming issf events

The ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany, and the World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, have both been cancelled, with the ISSF World Cup in Changwon, South Korea being postponed to an unconfirmed future date. All cancellations and postponements are due to ongoing Covid restrictions. According to the ISSF, the possibility of postponement was considered for the Junior World Cup, due to take place in Suhl, Germany, from 3-14 July. However, the GSSAF, a governing body that oversees shooting sports in Germany, told the ISSF that, after considering possible future time frames and the availability of key facilities and resources, “a postponement to later [date] in 2021 is also not manageable”. A number of smaller ISSF events have also been postponed or cancelled. The 2021 World Championship Running Target, the European Championship…

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rural groups voice concern over deer welfare in scotland

Fieldsports groups and rural organisations have called upon the Scottish government to rethink its policy on the control of deer. The Scottish government has announced changes in this regard, not least the removal of a close season for male deer. In an open letter, BASC, the British Deer Society, the Countryside Alliance, NFU Scotland, the Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association and Scottish Land & Estates called upon the Holyrood administration to respect the welfare of deer to the positive benefit of the Scottish economy and its rural workforce. Dr Colin Shedden, BASC Scotland director, said there were significant concerns following the Scottish government’s response to the deer working group report. He said that the working group’s recommendations “have the capacity to harm deer welfare”. He said the removal of a close season on males would, in…

2 min.
news in brief

Agreement on Olympic COVID ‘playbook’ Strict new rules for Olympic clay shooting participants stipulate that, among other restrictions, they must undergo a series of COVID tests, must only attend events listed on their ‘activity plans’ and they aren’t allowed to use public transport or dine outside of regulated facilities. Countryside call for lantern ban Countryside groups have called upon the Government to outlaw sky lanterns. A coalition of 18 rural, environmental and fire organisations have written to Rebecca Pow, the Environment Minister, saying the lack of regulation on this is now “significantly out of date” and needs amending. Tim Bonner, the chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said the lanterns were incredibly dangerous and “once released, there is no way of knowing where they will end up”. The lanterns have been banned by…