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BASC to fight global ban on lead ammunition

BASC is fighting plans by members of a global conservation organisation to impose a worldwide ban on lead. A motion tabled ahead of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) world congress demands that lead should be replaced with “non-toxic alternatives”. Any decision on Motion 090 would not immediately…

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World English Sporting Championships this week

As well as the headline Championship event, there will be the World Sportrap, FITASC Sporting Open, Prelim English Sporting and the Intercontinental Trophy, amongst others. Spectators are welcome to come along and watch. The shooting ground itself, which is located on the 40-acre West Wycombe Estate, comprises 150 clayshooting stands,…

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The best tweets and Instagrams from the Field & Country Fair

Cornbury Park provided a beautiful setting for the first Field & Country Fair. Had a great day so far at the @fieldandcountryfair2016 thanks to everyone who has come to see us #Fieldandcountryfair #GlenalmondTweed #harristweed A photo posted by Glenalmond Tweed Company (@glenalmondtweed) on Jun 10, 2016 at 8:52am PDT There…

Benefits of shooting

BASC chief executive on the benefits of shooting

Volunteers make things happen. From the ladies who run the Cub Scouts, to the committee that arranges the village gala, and to the shotgun coaches who give their time to inspire the next generation, volunteers are so often the fabric of our pastimes and our communities. Their contribution is so…

Anti-snaring film

LACS anti-snaring film is a “travesty”, say rural groups

Countryside organisations have united in their condemnation of the League Against Cruel Sports’ (LACS) new anti-snaring film, which has been described as misleading nonsense. Shooting Times revealed that BASC had reported LACS to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the Charity Commission and the Independent Press Standards Organisation for the “scaremongering…

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Ferocious ravens need controlling

Danny Bisset, Calling for Raven Control, writes: I appreciated from the start of this campaign that gaining support for the control of a protected bird species would not be easy. Calls for this motion are being met with scepticism over the raven attacks from those who profess to have knowledge…

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“Muirburn could have prevented blaze on Howden Moor,” say keepers

Gamekeepers and countryside groups have stressed the importance of muirburn as a conservation tool, following the fire that destroyed more than 200 acres of heather moorland on the National Trust-owned Howden Moor in the Peak District National Park earlier this month. The fire was started by a disposable barbecue that…

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Essex Police to cut licensing backlog

The changes come as a meeting was held this week, chaired by Essex Deputy Chief Constable Matt Horne and attended by BASC, the National Farmers’ Union and the Countryside Alliance, to discuss a rise in complaints about the force’s performance. Gary Ashton, BASC’s director of firearms operations, said: “The delays experienced…

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Police commissioners declare their support for shooting

More than half of the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) for England and Wales have declare their support for shooting. Their backing for the sport comes in response to a direct approach by members of BASC and others who lobbied candidates via a campaign website launched prior to…

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Policing rural crime in Kent

As the UK’s gateway to Europe where freight movements average 10,000 each day along one of the country’s largest motorway networks and some 34 million passengers pass through the county each year, Kent Police are subject to some unique policing problems. The county is challenged by transient crime, smuggling, the…

Shooting Industry Awards 2016

Save the date – Shooting Industry Awards 2017

This year’s Awards were a great success with the ballroom at the Mercure Brandon Hall Hotel in Warwickshire packed with names from the shooting and country sports industries. Next year’s Awards are already booked in at the same hotel on Thursday 11 May 2017, so put the date in your…

Shooting Industry Awards

Announcing the winners of the 2016 Shooting Industry Awards

The Winners New Clothing Product 2015 – Seeland International for Seeland WP Treggings New Ladies Clothing Product 2015 – J Barbour & Sons Ltd for Carter Wool jacket New Footwear Product 2015 – Dedito Shooting Wear for shooting boots Best Game Cartridge 2015 – Gamebore Cartridge Company for 12G Black…

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Meet Matt Clark – Sporting Gun’s new Editor

Matt says: “I’m very lucky to have a job that combines my professional skills with my passion. Working on a magazine that I grew up reading is a tremendous privilege and I know many shooters would give their eyeteeth for this job.” Matt started shooting airguns when he was eight…

Postcode lottery

Quality of licensing service is a “postcode lottery”, says CA

The Countryside Alliance (CA) has said the quality of service a legal gun owner is likely to receive is a “real postcode lottery”. Following a Freedom of information (FOI) request, the CA said it found “staggering regional disparities” to the number of Section 7 permits issued over the past five years. Section…

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EU tables more “irrelevant” Firearms Directive proposals

Shooting organisations have expressed concern that further “draconian” amendments to the EU Firearms Directive have been tabled by the European Council, despite a number of MEPs already agreeing that existing proposals are “rushed” and “irrelevant”. Plans to tighten European gun laws were brought forward by the European Commission following the terrorist attacks in…