GP fees and charges

Shooters stand ground over ongoing GP fees dispute

The Countryside Alliance (CA) has given Nick Hurd MP, the Home Office minister responsible for firearms licensing, five conditions 
that it believes must be met before any change is made 
to the currently agreed system. Highlighting failings in the current process, the CA says the shooting community should not be…

electric training collar ban

English training collar ban consultation is launched

The Government has launched a consultation to seek views on a proposed electric training collar ban for cats and dogs in England, as suggested several weeks ago by the Kennel Club. The club earlier claimed that a ban on the sale and use of the devices was on the way,…

Electric dog training collars in England

English shock collar ban being considered

A consultation has been launched in to a possible ban on the sale and use of electric dog training collars in England. This follows Scotland’s commitment to ban the use of the devices last month. Their use has been prohibited in Wales since 2010. The Kennel Club pre-empted the official…

Obey law or risk losing lead

Shooters have been warned that disobeying regulations on the use of lead shot could result in further restrictions. Lead shot is banned on the foreshore in England and Wales and wetlands in Scotland and it is an offence to shoot any wildfowl or waders with lead shot at any location…

Airgun law

Shooters oppose unjust airgun law

Further restrictions on airgun use in England and Wales would be “disproportionate” and “bad law”. That is the firm response from shooting groups as the Home Office draws its review of airgun licensing to a close. The review was launched to consider whether existing legislation is sufficient to prevent children…

25 Year Environmental Plan

Shooters can help deliver new environmental plan

Shooters and farmers have a big part to play in delivering the Government’s new 25 Year Environmental Plan, say rural groups. The plan for a “cleaner, greener Britain” was launched by Prime Minister Theresa May earlier this month and includes the creation of the previously announced Northern Forest, along with…

Ilkley Moor

Fury as councillors end shooting on Ilkley Moor

Bradford Council’s Labour Group has refused to renew the grouse shooting lease on Ilkley Moor in a move shooting groups claimed was made to appease the animal rights lobby. Bradford Labour has majority on the council and a decision to renew the lease rested in its hands. The lease had…

call for fair firearms licensing

Lobby your MP for fair firearms licensing

The Countryside Alliance has launched a new campaign seeking consistent and fair firearms licensing. It comes in response to the “failing” medical procedures introduced in 2016 for shooters seeking applications and renewals, which have been criticised for being applied inconsistently across different counties – with some applicants being charged up…

raptor persecution

New maps help crack down on bird crime

New interactive maps have been hailed as a valuable tool in the fight against raptor persecution. The maps detail incidents involving the shooting, poisoning and trapping of birds of prey, and the destruction of their nests in England and Wales. They were developed by the Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group…

Newcomers' week hunting

Hundreds hunt for the first time

Hundreds of people took to the field for the first time during Hunting Newcomers’ Week last month. The annual event, organised by the Countryside Alliance (CA), ran from 21 to 28 October and was supported by hunts across the UK, which invited people to attend a range of newcomers’ meets…

lead shot

Lead faces threat of new Euro ban

The use of lead shot is once again in jeopardy as the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) considers restricting its use. Last year, before leaving office as DEFRA secretary, Elizabeth Truss MP rejected calls for a ban on lead shot by the Lead Ammunition Group, but it has now now under…

Chris Packham at march

Chris Packham thinks game shooters ‘psychopaths’

The ‘Make Badger Culling, Fox Hunting & Driven Grouse Shooting History’ march called for the banning of legal grouse shooting and legal hunting and an end to the Government’s badger cull policy. Whilst promoting this protest march Mr Packham called game shooters “psychopaths” in a quote given to the Badger…

Chris Packham accused of misleading public

Chris Packham’s latest grouse against fieldsports is, literally, grouse. The BBC presenter has been using his public profile to endorse an anti-grouse shooting campaign being run by Ethical Consumer: “Stop Corporate Grouse Shooting Days”. Join me in asking UK based companies to act responsibly & boycott the driven grouse industry…

Sir Ian Botham

Sir Ian Botham criticises BBC for being “anti-shooting” – do you agree?

Cricket legend, philanthropist and countryman Sir Ian Botham has come under fire after pledging to donate 10,000 
game birds from his shooting estates to those in need. Pheasants, partridges and a £40,000 donation The pheasants and partridges will be sent to the Country Food Trust between October and February, along…

BBQ grouse

BBQ grouse recipe with sourdough and charred leaves

Sourdough is more digestible than standard loaves of bread and more nutritious too. It also goes perfectly with barbecued pheasant! BBQ grouse with sourdough and charred leaves Ingredients 8 grouse breasts 8 pieces of sourdough (available in good supermarkets) or here’s a recipe  4 chicory 2 radicchio 10g fresh chopped…

woman with pheasant on shoot

The Code of Good Shooting Practice – why you should read it again

If you’re a responsible shooter, then you need to know the standards the shooting code sets … The Code of Good Shooting Practice — a summary Shooting behaviour: individuals must observe safety, the law and respect for quarry and other wildlife. Responsible shooting: Guns must shoot within their capabilities; shoots…

DIY shoot

Shooting must make friends, not enemies

For this challenging article, I asked the National Trust, the Countryside Alliance (CA), the RSPB, the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO), the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and BASC how shooting is perceived and how it could improve its public…

Vinnie Jones

Vinnie Jones: “The best times of my life have been working as a gamekeeper …”

Film star and devoted countryman Vinnie Jones was a guest speaker at the final Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust (GWT) Gamekeeping for Life conference earlier this month. The Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels star, and former professional footballer, spoke of his passion for gamekeeping and rural life and how he devotes most of…