Shooting organisations and sporting agents are urging shooters that are waiting to snap up a last minute bargain to buy days now or miss out on sport next season.

“The time to buy bargain shooting for next season is now,” a spokesman from BASC told Shooting Times, adding: “I would caution anyone against sitting on their hands in the hope that prices will fall. On the whole, shoots’ prices are already as low as they can be.”

Sporting agents are warning that Guns need to commit to shooting for next season. Roxtons’ director of shooting, John Duncan, told Shooting Times that though he has seen good demand from his US and European clients, there has been a defi nite reduction in demand from UK-based clients. “This is quite understandable in the current climate as people are hurting financially and redundancies are commonplace. However, we know there are people waiting to book shooting because they feel there will be deals to be had later in the year. Having recently spoken to numerous estate owners all over the country, this is just not going to be the case as they are planning to cut their poult orders and rearing programmes to fit the amount of days they have sold so far,” explained Mr Duncan.

He added: “Decision time for estate owners is fast approaching and they will have to make some tough calls, which could lead to further redundancies, so we are asking clients to let us know their final thoughts now, even if the answer is no. At least owners will then be better placed to make the appropriate commitments for the year ahead.”

The rest of this article appears in 9 April issue of Shooting Times.

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