BASC’s membership reached a record high during December last year, with members totalling 130,023.

This figure includes 93,494 individual members, 5,516 gamekeepers and 6,194 junior members.

The record membership was achieved as BASC celebrated its centenary anniversary last year and the project to build the association’s new communications centre in Marford Mill, Wrexham got underway.

During 2008, despite the credit crunch, recruitment of new members exceeded expectations. BASC’s John Swift explained: “Membership has continued to rise steadily, which we believe is testimony to the strength of an association that fields a wide range of specialist skills to respond constructively and with real force to public events for the benefit of all shooters.”

The rest of this article appears in 1 January issue of Shooting Times.

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