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Sporting Gun

Sporting Gun

March 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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
TI-Media
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12 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
game bird release challenge as general licence decision looms

Wild Justice has sent a letter to Defra, Natural England and other interested parties warning of legal action over the release of game birds. The campaign group described the letter as a “nudge” following its initial challenge last summer. Defra said in response the release of game birds “needed to be assessed properly”. The department is under pressure, as it is due to announce new general licence arrangements at the end of the month and it has had to deal with the much-publicised challenge by Wild Justice. Shooting organisations and interested parties have submitted their responses to a six-month long review instigated by the department, which ended in December. BASC praised the strength of the response, calling it “immense”. The GWCT conducted its own survey as part of the process, which it has passed…

1 min.
editor’s welcome

Was it the birds, the Guns, the beaters and pickers-up, or a combination of all of these? I was pondering this question as I drove back from North Wales recently. I’d had a great stay at the Wynnstay Hotel in Machynlleth and then went on a shoot nearby (more of this in a later issue). The food at the hotel was fantastic and that helped make my stay enjoyable. But what made that driven shoot so good? At the tail-end of the season there wasn’t a huge amount of birds about, but I shot a couple of fairly high pheasants on the first drive, which to my gratification fell like stones. If I hadn’t hit another bird that day it wouldn’t have mattered. A clean kill with one shot where the bird…

1 min.
report heralds change for grouse shooting

Grouse-moor management and grouse shooting in Scotland is facing significant change following the Werritty review. The Grouse Moor Management Group, chaired by Professor Alan Werritty, was established in November 2017 to examine the environmental impact of grouse-moor management practices, including muirburn. It also looked at the option of licensing grouse-shooting businesses, which it said could be introduced within five years. Following the publication of the long-awaited report, Roseanna Cunningham, environment secretary in the Scottish government, said a licensing regime would be considered sooner rather than later. Interested parties, including BASC, the Scottish Countryside Alliance, and Scottish Land & Estates, said the report would mean “seismic” change for grouse moors. They said in a statement: “We believe further enhanced training and codes of practice covering muirburn, mountain hare management and medicated grit are the best…

1 min.
wildlife law to be strengthened

Groups representing rural interests in Scotland have welcomed the proposed strengthening of the law for wildlife crime. The Scottish government has proposed strengthening the law in the Animals and Wildlife (Scotland) Bill. The changes would see convicted offenders jailed for up to five years or fined as much as £40,000 for the most serious offences. BASC said it welcomed the positive steps that have seen a reduction in wildlife crime in Scotland. Ross Ewing, political officer for BASC in Scotland, who gave evidence to the committee dealing with the bill, said: “The penalties proposed in this bill will go a long way in addressing all forms of wildlife crime in Scotland – from hare poaching, to deer poaching, to raptor persecution. It is vital that we send a strong message to those who…

1 min.
events

8 February BASC Northern Ireland Range Day Baronscourt Range, Newtonstewart, Omagh 14 – 16 February The Great British Shooting Show NEC, Birmingham shootingshow.co.uk 20 February Young shots day Sporting Targets, Bedfordshire 22 February Ladies Clay Shooting Day Dovey Valley Shooting Ground, Machynlleth, Powys 28 February Gunsmiths’ evening The Jockey Club, Newmarket, Suffolk 9 March Introduction to woodpigeon shooting West Kent Shoot School, Paddock Wood, Kent March 21 – 22 Holts Auction of Modern and Antique Guns Church Farm Barns, Wolferton,Norfolk holtsauctioneers.com…

1 min.
news in brief

The GWCT has joined forces with BASIS, the training organisation, to provide the first best-practice qualification for the game sector. The certificate in game management will give qualified individuals professional accreditation that demonstrates high standards of practice. The first course starts on 10 March at the GWCT’s Allerton Project in Leicestershire. Meanwhile, a new GCSE in natural history is to be offered to pupils from September next year by the OCR exam board. The GCSE is the idea of nature writer and broadcaster Mary Colwell and Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP, in response to the growing awareness of environmental issues among young people, including conservation.…