Richard Prior

While this may be the case in the constabulary where certain shooters reside, it is not specific to every region or police force.

A couple of years ago a neighbour of mine had considerable difficulty gaining permission to have wild boar included on his certificate in anticipation of their arriving on his land.

The area is full of free-range sows, disease-free and with piglets of immaculate pedigree.

The local police insisted on knowing where he intended to shoot, and which rifle calibre he would be using.

In case attitudes have softened over time, I telephoned the Dorset Police headquarters and asked the firearms department whether they still insisted on the intention to shoot boar being declared on an application.

They assured me that this was still the position.

  • Leif Brag

    I posted a comment on this issue more than a week ago. How long does it take for a comment to be approved?

  • Leif Brag

    Regarding wildboar condition on FACs we must remember that there is no legal requirements for police forces to add additional conditions on FACs.
    One of the Scottish forces have for many years used the condition “Sporting and Vermin Control”.
    Some English forces are now using the condition “Deer and any other legal quarry” and condition that is now endorsed by ACPO and should really be used by other forces.
    When .22 centerfires were legalised for muntjac and CWD the police expected a rush for changes to the FAC conditions and issued a statement that conditions could be ignored and that it was not in the public interest to prosecute if someone shot a muntjac or CWD even though their FAC was not conditioned for it.
    If that is the case, then I cannot see that it should be in the public interest to prosecute someone shooting a wild boar as long as they have an otherwise unrestricted FAC i.e. no land restrictions, and they use a calibre which is not prejudicing animal welfare.