Purdey Bicentenary Trio

Historic Purdey Bicentenary Trio sold

The Purdey Bicentenary Trio, a unique set that consists of a 12-bore side-by-side shotgun, a 20-bore Damascus over-and-under shotgun and a .470 double rifle, was sold to a private collector for an undisclosed fee. When viewed together the two shotguns and rifle that make up the Purdey Bicentenary Trio represent…

Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100

Holt’s valuer to take on Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100

Roland Elworthy (pictured), a keen cyclist who has described himself as “fat, 50 and badly behaved”, will ride on his hand-built Italian Bottecchia Emme2 racing bike. Roland is a keen supporter of Macmillan Cancer Support having witnessed first hand its work in helping his mother and a close friend while…

BASC

BASC game and beer night with Hook Norton Brewery

The evening will include a 45-minute tour of the Victorian Tower Brewery, a selection of game dishes served with a different beer, and a prize draw. James Clarke, managing director of Hook Norton Brewery, will be on hand to give an explanation of each beer served. Huw Lloyd, BASC England…

Court dismisses RSPB covert surveillance case as abuse of process

Magistrates at Northallerton have dismissed a case brought by the RSPB alleging misuse of a cage trap by a grousemoor keeper on the grounds that the way the charity carried out its investigations amounted to an abuse of process and denied the defendant the prospect of a fair trial. The court held…

Scottish Roe Review 2014

Annual roe reviews offer a chance for a catch-up — a catch-up on what was recently harvested and, increasingly, a catch-up and a reflection on what has been harvested in years and sometimes decades past, then often left to moulder in man caves and cardboard boxes up and down the…

Browning B725 Grade 5 for sale

Browning B725 Grade 5

Sportsman Gun Centre have this Browning B725 Grade 5 for sale from £2,995. Take a look at this great secondhand example of this classic game gun now. Click here to view this secondhand Browning B725 Grade 5 for sale!

New Rural Business Awards launched

Rural marketing company Be Rural has launched a set of awards to celebrate excellence in rural enterprise. Nominations for the Rural Business Awards opened on 9 February and will close on 24 April. The awards, which are supported by the CLA and sponsored by Sturgess Motor Group, will be presented at…

Candidates for BASC council announced

The candidates for election to BASC council this summer have been announced. Twelve members from across the country have put their names forward to fight it out for five contested places on the council and two further candidates have stepped up to take responsibility for uncontested council seats representing Northern…

Alan Jarrett

BASC chairman Alan Jarrett welcomes Norway lead shot ruling

The Norwegian parliament’s decision to reintroduce lead shot for live quarry over non-wetlands comes following lengthy campaigning from the Norwegian Association of Hunters and Anglers. Alan Jarrett commented: “I welcome the decision of the Norwegian parliamentary committee to recommend the repeal of the law banning the use of lead shot…

FOI email suggests Lead Ammo Group report will back lead shot ban

Emails released recently by DEFRA under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act indicate that the Lead Ammunition Group chairman’s report will support a complete phase-out of lead shot in the UK. The Lead Ammunition Group process was instigated, at the behest of the RSPB and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, in…

BASC House of Commons

BASC members quiz MPs at House of Commons

The meeting took place in the Grand Committee Room of the House of Commons. The panel included Lord de Mauley, the DEFRA minister responsible for shooting, Angela Smith MP, the Labour shadow minister responsible for shooting and Roger Williams MP, a rural affairs spokesman for the Liberal Democrats. Geoffrey Clifton-Brown…

Balaclava battle: campaign seeks to unmask anti-hunt thugs

The Countryside Alliance has launched an online campaign to unmask anti-hunt thugs and put an end to their intimidation of rural people. The Alliance is urging people to write to their Police & Crime Commissioners and MPs to make sure that police forces have the procedures in place allowing them…

Roe buck

English and Welsh roe heads review 2014

Last November, new guidelines for the European species within the CIC’s Red Book — the “bible” of international trophy measuring — were published for internal use. The changes, in principle, will provide greater consistency of measuring throughout a species’ range and provide the trophy judges with clearer technical information. These…

Elizabeth Truss MP

DEFRA’s Elizabeth Truss MP gets in on game

The presentation was made outside Westminster by Jose Souto, game chef and senior chef lecturer at Westminster Kingsway College, and Annette Cole from Taste of Game, just as the driven game shooting season was coming to a close. The pheasants were shot in Lincolnshire and provided by the Parson’s Nose…

Updated: Norwegian parliament votes to repeal lead shot ban

The Norwegian parliament today (3 February) resolved by 79 votes to 16 to reintroduce lead shot for live quarry hunting outside wetlands. The decision follows a lengthy campaign by BASC’s sister organisation in Norway the Norwegian Association of Hunters and Anglers – the Jegernes Interesseorganisasjon (JI). BASC chairman Alan Jarrett…

Red deer

RSPB deer cull under fire from animal rights campaigners

Animal rights activists have tried to stop an RSPB deer cull deer at the charity’s Leighton Moss nature reserve in Lancashire. Campaigners objected to plans to cull eight to 10 red deer before the end of March to protect reeds that provide vital habitat for birds including marsh harriers and…

Mark Winser wins the Ultimate One!

In a thrilling final at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School’s Ultimate One Challenge, shooter Mark Winser this morning shot an astonishing 25/25, beating the 18 other finalists and taking home the keys to a £148,000 Range Rover LWB from sponsors Stratstone – the biggest prize in UK clayshooting history. Mark,…

Don’t let secret camera fears derail crucial corvid trap study, says GWCT

Potential participants in an important corvid trap study in Scotland shouldn’t be put off by fears of covert surveillance, the Scottish government forensics laboratory Science & Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) and Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) have said. The study, which looks at how and where traps are…

Aldi oven ready pheasant

Aldi game for stocking oven-ready pheasants

The move comes after Aldi teamed up with meat processor DB Foods and Taste of Game to stock oven-ready pheasants under the Brookfield Game brand. The packaging of the Specialbuy pheasant will also feature a Taste of Game recipe for roast pheasant with an apple, cider, sage and cream sauce,…