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Scottish pork sausages win prestigious award

The House of Bruar have won the Q Guild Smithfield Butchery Awards trophy for the second time. The Scottish company beat off competition from across the UK to be crowned with the coveted award for best pork sausage. The winning sausage, which scored a perfect 100 by the guild judges…

Warning by Scottish Land & Estates over Land Reform Bill

Mr Johnstone commented: “The Land Reform Bill, as it stands, will have far-reaching and detrimental consequences for land-based businesses across Scotland, which employ many thousands of people and make a major social, economic and environmental contribution to rural communities.” He also raised concerns about “any attempt to make the Bill even more…

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Charity urges shooters to give grouse to the homeless

An initial batch of 1,300 birds, shot at the start of this year’s grouse season, was distributed to food banks and other charitable causes in September. The organisers now hope to expand the charity scheme to include shoots for pheasants and other game. The meat is being distributed by Fareshare,…

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BASC strongly refutes renewed claims of lead ammunition risks

Researchers attending the Oxford Symposium on Lead ammunition have published a report stating that evidence now supports a ban.  Several conclusions were drawn from the report, which used findings from studies carried out by conservation groups including the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) and the RSPB. The WWT says that…

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EU to review gun laws after Paris attacks

EU ministers met at a crisis meeting on Friday and, at the time of writing, were expected to suggest new rules making it more difficult to acquire weapons and to track them more easily. The European Commission has been working since 2013 to create common minimum standards across the EU…

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Olympic shooting team announced for Rio 2016

The Team GB Olympic shooting squad for Rio 2016 was announced last week. The chosen six are: Elena Allen, Amber Hill, Tim Kneale, Ed Ling, Jennifer McIntosh and Steve Scott. The British Olympic Association revealed the identities of the squad at a press conference at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre in Berkshire. The newly minted Olympians will travel to…

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Drawing birds into drives – and keeping them there

We shoot a few boundary days in October, but to me, October is more about getting ready for the shooting season proper — when the weather is cold and the leaves are off the trees — than it is about serious shooting. Strange though it may seem, one of the…

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Gun Licences: The future

Chief Constable Andy Marsh has been at the centre of several major news stories in recent weeks. He called for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) report, which highlighted failings in the application of firearms licensing in England and Wales. He has also given his backing to the Law Commission’s plans to bring the current law on firearms, which is contained…

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Call for restraint shooting woodcock

In an effort to protect the woodcock population, several countryside organisations, including the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, are following the recommendation of conservationists by asking shoots to schedule any shooting until at least after November’s full moon, which falls on Wednesday 25th November. This will allow the declining resident woodcock population…

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Pheasant takes a selfie

Flytipping is a scourge of the countryside. To crack down on the illegal dumping of waste in County Durham, the council installed hidden CCTV at known hotspots. But when they checked the cameras they discovered a culprit unlikely to be brought in front of the beak. A curious pheasant had…

Game to Eat Student Chef of the Year

Fierce competition at the Game to Eat Student Chef of the Year

Jack wowed the judges with his whole roasted partridge accompanied by beetroot three ways, a mushroom duxelle, pickled wild mushrooms, red vein sorrel and a red wine jus. Jack, who is relatively new to cooking game, said: “I spent last week perfecting the timings of the partridge and I do…

Gundog Theft Awareness Week

It is Gundog Theft Awareness Week

The Pet Theft Awareness organisation is promoting their third annual Gundog Theft Awareness Week from 26th to 31st October. Recent figures from DogLost, the UK’s largest lost and found dog service suggest that number of gundogs going missing has risen yet again by a further 14% in 2015. So far…

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Sixty pheasants slaughtered in gruesome attack

The birds were decapitated and their heads impaled on fence posts at the Wasing Estate on October 10 after the attackers used catapults to knock the pheasants from their perches in the middle of the night. The estate belongs to documentary maker Joshua Dugdale, who is Prime Minister David Cameron’s cousin.…