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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Queen at 90: Our Queen of the countryside

The Queen once said that if she had not become Queen she would have liked to be a lady living in the country with lots of horses and dogs. As we celebrate the Queen at 90, we have found ten reasons why the Queen is a true champion of country sports…

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Cost-cutting gamekeepers risk their drives, say experts

The company this month warned that, rather than poor weather conditions, it is keepers cutting corners with inadequate cultivation, inferior seed, too little fertiliser and poor pest control that are the biggest threat to shoots, which may be jeopardised by high crop recovery costs and lost birds. Chris Bright, managing…

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National Parks survey asks whether shooting should be banned

  The Countryside Alliance (CA) and BASC are seeking to educate the Campaign for National National Parks (CNP) about the role that shooting plays in the countryside, after the organisation launched a survey asking whether shooting should be banned in National Parks. The CNP is celebrating its 80th anniversary with an…

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Why green parakeets are now on the General Licence

On a Surrey farm where I help control pests, there is a magical moment every evening. It’s as regular as clockwork and occurs near dusk. The only warning is distant high-pitched squawks “kyik… kyik … kyik”. Regular shooters know the drill and swiftly duck behind some cover and turn to the farm’s South…

Countryfile Live! at Blenheim Palace

“We are not anti-shooting,” says Countryfile Live! show

The show, a spin-off from the BBC’s Countryfile TV series, is being held at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire in August, at the time of year and location of the old CLA Game Fair, which was one of the most important events in the shooting calendar for more than half a century.…

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Are the RSPB pro or anti-shooting?

Britain’s heather moorlands are both beautiful and rare, and they owe their existence to grouse shooting. If we are going to maximise the wildlife in these upland habitats, it is vital that conservation charities and gamekeepers can work closely together. This can be a fraught relationship; moorland gamekeepers fund their…