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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…

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How a maremma sheepdog saved a penguin colony

When the penguin population on an Australian island fell to just 10 birds, the council turned to the radical idea of using a maremma sheepdog to guard the colony that has proven to be highly successful

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Heatwave forecast for CLA Game Fair

A heatwave has been forecast for the Friday of the CLA Game Fair, with temperatures set to reach 28° in the afternoon. People have been told to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, when UV levels will almost double in line with the rising temperatures. “We’ve got…

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Conservation in action

Small shoot owners know that the benefits of a wildlife-friendly shoot stretch far beyond shooting

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Shooting job opportunities abroad

Last summer I was discussing the releasing of duck in Hungarian. Speaking through a translator, my host asked me whether we in England reared and released duck for shooting. I confirmed that we did indeed, and went on to explain that on the college shoot that my students run we…

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Improve your gun-mount in minutes

By Steve Rawsthorne The idea of going out to a shooting ground once a week, or even a month, is simply not practial for many of us. Pressures of work, family and finances mean it’s just not going to happen. there are exercises we can do at home, however, which…

Heart attack on the shoot!

John Harris is lucky to be alive. On Friday, 25 October last year, he set off for a day’s beating in West Sussex. He’d had a stressful week and was running late for the shoot. As he pulled into the farmyard, John felt a sharp pain high in his chest.…

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Our sport has a reputation to uphold

The line in the email subject box said: “Watch this, NOW!” The sender was a shooting colleague and he’d sent me a link to a YouTube clip. Curiosity got the better of me so I opened the link. I wish I hadn’t! No, it wasn’t a computer virus — it…

BBC condemned for urban bias

The BBC is letting down many of its 12million rural viewers and relies too heavily on a small number of charities and NGOs for countryside stories, a BBC Trust review has found

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30 things you don’t know about the CLA Game Fair

The early days The first CLA Game Fair at Stetchworth Park was put on with a budget of just £500, but it overran by £300. Entrance charges at the first fair were modest; two shillings and sixpence per person admission (half-price to children, free to CLA members), 5/6 (271⁄2p) for…

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What Scottish independence means for fieldsports

I can honestly say not one person has asked me about independence,” says Robert Rattray, hand dramatically over his heart. As the head of CKD Galbraith’s sporting lets agency in Perth, Robert is someone you’d expect to be asked about the future for Scotland’s £360million fieldsports industry, should the nation…

CAP reforms could mean more peas for pigeon

Reforms to farm funding announced by environment secretary Owen Paterson could mean a boost for pollinators and pigeon shooters, but have been greeted with dismay by a number of wildlife and conservation groups. The minister’s announcement set out how the £15billion of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) funds would be distributed…

Predator control and heather burning boost black grouse in Wales

Numbers of black grouse in North Wales are recovering thanks to habitat management and predator control, according to latest count figures released by Natural Resources Wales (NRW). The numbers have been hailed by the organisations involved, which include RSPB Cymru, local farmers and landowners, and NRW as a testament to what…

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Ladies-only shooting: Girls with guns want more than fun

The outlook for women in the shooting world is looking reasonably rosy these days. It’s not merely a matter of there being more patronisingly pink skeet vests, fuschia-trimmed tweeds and shotguns with flouncy flowery engraving on sale in shooting shops, nor is it simply the case that there is an…

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Should I shoot game birds with a side-by-side or over-under?

Tradition will always be on the side of side-by-side shotguns despite over-unders growing in popularity in recent years as more people enter game shooting via the clay shooting route. But don’t be afraid to go back. Edward Watson explains why those who use over-under shotguns shouldn’t be afraid to try…