Sportsmans retains location despite shooting ground closure

Sportsmans retains location despite shooting ground closure

Sportsman Gun Centre, a specialist retailer of hunting and shooting merchandise, has announced that their Southern Counties store will continue to supply sporting goods to the Dorset area for the foreseeable future, despite the Southern Counties Shooting Ground in Wardon Hill having been closed on 5th January 2015.   The Sportsmans will carry…

BASC calls for councillor’s resignation over comments on shooter’s suicide

BASC has launched a campaign calling for the resignation of a Yorkshire local councillor after he posted insensitive and insulting comments online about the suicide of a popular and well-respected game butcher, shooter and family man. Thomas Woodward, elected council member of Ryedale District Council and Pickering Town Council in…

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Keeper caught on hidden camera convicted of killing birds of prey

Aberdeenshire gamekeeper George Mutch was found guilty on 11 December 2014 of illegally using a trap and recklessly killing or injuring two goshawks and a buzzard at Kildrummy Estate, near Alford in Aberdeenshire. The prosecution case hinged on controversial video evidence submitted by the RSPB, which was obtained secretly using…

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Increase in firearms licence fees put to public consultation

Proposed increases to the cost of shotgun and firearm certificates for 2015 are being put to the public for consultation, the Home Office has announced. Suggested changes to firearms licence fees have been put forward by an all party working group that has been liaising with representatives of the shooting…

Look out for bird flu, shoots told

The shooting community has been asked to be extra vigilant after an outbreak of bird flu at a duck farm near Driffield in East Yorkshire. DEFRA officials issued a statement confirming the presence of bird flu at the farm and an order establishing restriction zones on Saturday 16 November. A…

BASC launches General Election campaign

BASC has launched its 2015 General Election campaign to highlight candidates’ views on shooting. Voters will be able to use an online system to search for their local candidates, see what their stance on shooting is, and email them to ask for their views. The site — the only web-based…