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Game Fair 2022

The Game Fair 2022: the perfect place for us to flock together

As the first swallows appear in our skies, our thoughts naturally turn towards summer activities and spending time outdoors. Plans are made, with dates scribbled in the diary for family breaks, fishing trips, visiting friends, a day out to the coast or the annual bonus for those of us who…

RSPB accused of sensationalism and misinformation over report

The accusations from the Countryside Alliance came after it emerged that much of the information used by the RSPB was provided by a convicted animal rights extremist, some was demonstrably false and almost none was deemed worthy of investigation by DEFRA. The RSPB came under heavy criticism from countryside and…

Battle lines drawn as BASC rejects proposed lead restrictions

The association has set out a mixed position strongly opposing some elements of the proposals and less strongly opposing others. The HSE has proposed a phased withdrawal of lead ammunition over a time period between 18 months and five years. This includes lead used for shooting live quarry and targets,…

Airgun Shooter issue 162 is out now

To subscribe to Airgun Shooter Magazine, just follow this link: https://bit.ly/3i8YF9J Although it is heartening to see rabbit numbers bouncing back after several years of rapid decline due to viral haemorrhagic disease, they are still an agricultural pest and cause serious and costly damage. Faced with a serious influx and…

small bore shotguns

Significant number of shoots cancelling days, according to reports

An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in France has led to restrictions on the export of chicks and eggs to UK shoots and game farms, which has greatly reduced the number of birds available to UK shoots. Meanwhile prices of essential shoot supplies such as feed and fuel have…

GWCT Scottish Game Fair

Win tickets to the GWCT Scottish Game Fair

We have five adult pairs of tickets for the GWCT Scottish Game Fair to give away, worth £40 a pair. You can enter for free now here. Attending the event Fans of the Scottish Game Fair will know that attendance is a must, particularly after the lockdowns of the last…

Deer stalkers scanning the hill

Fresh questions around ‘Green Laird’ buyouts of sporting estates

In recent years, prices for sporting estates and hill farms in Scotland have skyrocketed in response to the emergence of a new breed of estate owner looking to ‘rewild’ while making money through carbon trading and timber production. These new owners are referred to as ‘Green Lairds’. In a recent…

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Police Scotland climbdown over ‘deliberately shot’ buzzard

The bird was reported to police after being discovered in woodland near Ladybank in Fife in April. The discovery of the bird’s remains was accompanied by a press release from Police Scotland which claimed that the bird had been illegally killed and that it had died “a lingering death.” The…

Clay Shooting Classic 2022 – the winners revealed

Phil Gray came to win it all and he did, quite literally. He topped the podium in the Sporting event, claimed his Blaser F16, then almost accidentally won the Pool Shoot for a healthy cash pay-out and a pair of Pilla glasses. He made the Classic look easy, but his…

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WhatsApp poacher avoids jail for illegally killing fallow deer

A poacher who was convicted after police read a ‘WhatsApp’ chat has avoided jail. Earlier Shooting Times reported the conviction of Mark Bond of Maidstone in Kent. Bond was found guilty of illegally killing a fallow deer and of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog. The cruelty offence related to…

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Gamekeepers launch campaign to avert disastrous season

In an email to Shooting Times DEFRA explained that the 90 day restriction to movements came from the bird flu regulations which were transferred into UK law as part of the Brexit process. After Brexit, changes by the EU shortened the period for which movements were restricted to 30 days.…

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Gamekeeper tells court of how he caught police officer’s killer

A video shown in court recorded the moment that gamekeeper Gavin Tucker challenged 22 year-old Callum Wheeler after finding him behaving suspiciously on private land near where the body of Julia James had been found just 24 hours earlier. The interaction between Tucker and Wheeler, who was carrying a holdall…