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,…

Keeper jailed for raptor persecution

Raptor Persecution George Mutch, a 48-year-old gamekeeper from Kildrummy in Aberdeenshire, has been sentenced to for four months in jail after being found guilty of killing a goshawk and setting illegal traps to catch two others. At Aberdeen Sheriff Court today Sheriff Noel McPartlin said he had to impose a…

shot gun certificate

Last chance to respond to gun licence fee consultation

Shooters have under a week to respond to the Home Office’s consultation on increasing gun licence fees, which closes on 29 December. The increases proposed in the consultation were calculated by an all party parliamentary working group in consultation with representatives of the shooting community from BASC and the British…

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…

Common Buzzard

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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gun licence

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…