Sunday shooting was the subject of a lively debate at the Standing Conference on Countryside Sports last week, after BASC?s Christopher Graffius reminded representatives of more than 30 rural bodies that the Government was likely to pursue the matter, over which shooting was divided.

Speakers agreed that the matter should be tackled within the Code of Good Shooting Practice. ?We will shoot ourselves in the foot if we turn the countryside into a 365-day-a-year shooting gallery,? said the CLA?s Oliver Harwood, ?but restriction should be by agreement, not law.?

?Because you can go to a football match on Sunday doesn?t mean you have to,? said Robert Gray of the Countryside Alliance, which supports an end to the ban. ?We have a responsibility to our neighbours every day of the week, not simply on Sundays.?