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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Guidance for shoots releasing birds on or near European protected sites

Releasing birds on Special Protection Areas, Special Areas for Conservation and surrounding land within 5km of these sites is now regulated under a general licence. This will set maximum releasing densities on and around protected sites. Advice on releasing birds on special protection areas BASC’s Jack Knott told Shooting Times…

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Shoot bookings 2021 – it’s looking good for next season

I have been chatting to friends who let days and run shoots commercially, and others who manage small syndicates and run shoots of their own and, to a person, they are feeling extremely confident about the coming shooting season. Shoot bookings 2021 are up, most are pretty close to being…

Clay shooting Classic

Clay Shooting Classic – are you booked in yet?

The Clay Shooting Classic is set to be one of the Sporting highlights of the year, so book your place now for 28-30 May at Orston Shooting Ground. The eagerly awaited Clay Shooting Classic is getting nearer, with just a couple of months to go. Bookings are filling up – and…

stolen dogs in Suffolk

Do you recognise any of these stolen dogs?

As we are sadly aware, dog theft is on the rise. Last month Suffolk police seized 80 stolen dogs in a police operation and are now trying to reunite them with their owners. The dogs of various breeds and ages were found at a site near Ipswich on 20 March…

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Fieldsports organisations back move to end lead-shot game

The announcement by the The National Game Dealers Association (NGDA) that its members will not accept lead-shot game from next year has been welcomed by fieldsports bodies including the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), Countryside Alliance (CA), British Game Alliance (BGA) and Game Farmers’ Association (GFA). Retailers had…