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Dogs stolen

Missing dogs to feature on packaging in new DogLost campaign

The numbers of dogs stolen and missing has escalated in the past few years.  Thieves have been particularly targeting working dogs which are known to be well socialised and good natured. The price of puppies has risen incredibly, making working dogs more valuable than ever. (Read our advice on keeping…

Team GB shooting

Kirsty and Matt miss Trap Mixed Teams final by narrow margin

Throughout the shooting events at this year’s Olympic games we have seen exceptional athletes pushing each other to the very edges of their abilities. At each event the tiniest of margins have separated those that go home with a medal and those who don’t. This was perhaps no more evident…

Festival of Hunting

Anti- Festival of Hunting motion rejected by council

On the evening of Wednesday 29th July 2021, Peterborough City councillors voted down a motion which would have prevented the  East of England Agricultural Society hosting  the Festival of Hunting at the East of England Showground. Councillors voted 30-25 against the motion which had been submitted by Councillor Ansar Ali.…

Aim to Sustain

Fieldsports bodies maximise voice with Aim to Sustain

Aim To Sustain launched at the Game Fair 2021, comprising BASC, the Countryside Alliance, the British Game Alliance (BGA), the CLA, the Game Farmers’ Association, the Moorland Association, the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation and Scottish Land & Estates. Liam Stokes, chief executive of the BGA, described Aim to Sustain as: “……

Matthew Coward-Holley

Matt Coward-Holley wins Team GB’s first shooting medal with bronze

Matthew Coward-Holley has claimed Men’s Trap bronze and secured Team GB’s first shooting medal at Tokyo 2020. (Read here for an explanation of trap shooting.) Matthew competed in a very tense final, with all competitors seeming to struggle with the pressure and the heat, dropping more targets than might be…

grouse shooting

Grouse season looks bleak this year

The Glorious Twelfth is under three weeks away now but the grouse season in 2021 looks set to be rather less glorious this year. Keepers at The Game Fair were reporting hens still sitting on the nest just three weeks ago. To clarify the situation, Shooting UK spoke to Lindsay…

Seonaid McIntosh

Tokyo Olympics – a round up of events so far

After all the delays, all of the uncertainty and all of the heartbreak we are finally here. The Olympic flame is alight in Japan and the XXXII Olympiad, Tokyo 2020, has begun! The stars of the shooting world have arrived in Tokyo to battle it out for those precious Gold…

shotgun choke

Guntrader website hacked

Guntrader,  the UK’s largest online marketplace for guns, has been hacked and its users’ personal data including postal and email addresses and phone numbers has been offered for a token fee on a hacking forum. According to experts who have seen the data which was stolen, the hackers have records…

shotgun certificate renewal by GP

Firearms licensing GP letter saga continues

Firearm and shotgun certificate applicants have hit out at a ‘crazy system’ of inconsistent requirements and charges for doctors’ letters. Police forces have been increasingly insisting that applicants provide a letter from their GP to confirm there are no health concerns that should prevent them from holding a firearm or…

cartridge belt

UK in ammunition drought

We’re increasingly hearing reports of an ammunition shortage (full report in Shooting Times next week). Steve Faragher, editor of Gun Trade News says : “We’re definitely seeing it among contributors, especially in rifle ammunition”. Shooting UK spoke to Charles Bull of Just Cartridges and asked him what his experience has…

Game Fair 2021

20 reasons to visit The Game Fair in 2021

The Game Fair in 2021  – after the last 18 months we’re not really sure we need any reasons to attend, other than that it will be a highly enjoyable outing (and they’ve been in v short supply lately). Here’s what you can look forward to. It’s in a beautiful…

Releasing gamebird

The new GL43 general licence – here’s what you need to know

Defra has published its new and long-awaited general licence (GL43), to cover the releasing of gamebirds on European protected sites. These protected sites are Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), Special Protection Areas (SPA), Ramsar wetlands and potential SPAs and SACs or proposed Ramsar wetlands. The potential or proposed sites are…