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Sporting Rifle

November 2019

The first and market-leading rifle shooting mag in the UK, Sporting Rifle covers rifle sports of all kinds, from rimfire rabbits to big game overseas and everything in between. With the very best writers on board, we cover foxing and UK deer stalking extensively in every issue, with tips and tricks as well as stories from the field to help your outings be more successful.

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English
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Future Publishing Ltd
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cull or not to cull

As you read this, all deer managers will be looking towards the fast-approaching doe and hind season, and mulling over the 101 things that will need to be addressed to ensure a successful cull. Make no mistake, this is when most of the hard work will be done, and the doe and hind cull is absolutely crucial in maintaining a healthy deer herd. Keeping populations within the ground holding capacity can only be done by controlling the female of the species. Personally I much prefer the doe/hind cull in comparison to the bucks/stags. There’s no pressure from clients – it’s mostly you, the weather and the hunting gods being in a good mood. The work is much harder physically and conditions often inclement, but you have to be out to get…

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great british shooting awards 2020: vote now

The shortlists are out for the second Great British Shooting Awards, and voting is now open. Now, the British shooting public can vote for their winners in 14 categories, spanning every corner of the shooting industry. The Awards’ aim is to give recognition to the products, organisations and people that make our industry tick. As well as rewarding the industry’s best rifles, shotguns, airguns, optics, clothing and innovative technology, dedicated categories showcase the achievements of the people who've really had a positive effect on the industry, whether in the fields of retail, gamekeeping or conservation. The Great British Shooting Awards judging panel has processed hundreds of nominations, whittling them down to just five entries per category. And you can now cast your votes to crown your 2020 champions from the selected shortlists. Voting is…

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the shortlists

SHOOTING APPAREL • Blaser Hybrid Suit • Deerhunter Pro Gamekeeper Jacket • Harkila Heat Jacket • Laksen Woodhay Smock • ShooterKing Huntflex Jacket RIFLE AMMUNITION OF THE YEAR • Eley Subsonic Hollow • Federal Vital Shok • SGeco .243 105gn soft points • Hornady GMX bullets • Rigby .416 Rigby No.2 SHOTGUN AMMUNITION OF THE YEAR • Eley Hawk VIP Steel Pro Eco Wad • Gamebore Black Gold • Hull Cartridge Comp X • Hull Cartridge Pro Fibre • William Powell Blue Lightning OPTICS PRODUCT OF THE YEAR (OVER £1,000) • Nightforce SHV 5-20x56 ILL scope • Swarovski SLC 8x42 binos • Swarovski DS 5-25x42 scope • Vortex Fury 5000 10x42 rangefinding binos • Zeiss Victory RF 10x42 binos OPTICS PRODUCT OF THE YEAR (UNDER £1,000) • Bushnell Forge 4.5-27x50 scope • Hawke Airmax SF 4-16x50 scope • Leupold VX3i 4.5-14x40 scope • Nightforce SHV 3-12x56 scope • Vortex Optics Diamondback Tactical 6-24x50 scope NIGHT VISION/THERMAL PRODUCT OF THE YEAR •…

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have your say on general licences

Have your say on England general licences, BASC has urged its members. Environment secretary Theresa Villiers launched a public consultation on 12 September as part of a planned review of general licences to manage wild birds in England. Defra says the aim of the review “is to ensure the licensing system is robust, striking the right balance between the protection of wild birds and the activities people such as landowners and farmers need to carry out for specific purposes, such as protecting livestock or crops or for conservation purposes.” More than 29,000 people responded to an online survey set up by BASC to gather evidence following Natural England's revocation of general licences in England in the Summer. The survey fed into BASC's official response to Defra. BASC's head of policy and campaigns, Dr…

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gamebird release under review

Defra is reviewing the way in which the release of gamebirds on or near protected sites in England is managed, responding to pressure from Wild Justice. Defra has said this will not result in any immediate changes for owners or occupiers of land, but conceded that the annual release of non-native gamebirds required “assessment within the meaning of the Habitats Directive.” It said it would “consider the legislative arrangements around the relevant activities and whether there are ways in which their effectiveness could be improved.” Ian Danby, BASC’s head of biodiversity, said: “The impacts of pheasants and red-legged partridge have been well-researched already. “When shoots follow the guidance in the Code of Good Shooting Practice, which is based on this research, we see benefits to the environment and the wildlife that lives there.…

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lead: “further restrictions are likely”

Shooting organisations admit “further restrictions are likely” on lead shot and lead-based rifle ammo, but say they are working “to secure the future of shooting”. Responding to an article in The Times calling for the use of lead to stop, BASC, the Countryside Alliance, the GWCT and NGO teamed up to send in a response that said shooters aren’t resisting change, but instead are “working together, acting positively and promoting all research and development into new products.” They emphasised that shooting needed to be “given the appropriate time to make any required transitions”. Their joint response said: “The author seems unaware that the use of lead shot for the shooting of wildfowl and over many wetlands has been banned for 20 years as part of the UK’s involvement with the African Eurasian Waterbirds…

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