New research commissioned by the Greater Exmoor Shoots Association (GESA) has found that pheasant shooting in the area contributes more than £32million a year to the local economy.

The study took place over four years and was carried out by GESA member Maurice Pearce, who approached the 10 leading shoots on Exmoor for his research.

GESA chairman Hugh Thomas explained that shooting brings huge benefits to tourism in the local area: “The total figure of £32,500,000 is remarkable. The research found that accommodation taken by shooting parties during the winter months sustains hotels, guest houses and pubs. In total, 25,000 local visitor nights are estimated to originate from shooting.”

The rest of this article appears in 18th June issue of Shooting Times.

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