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Priti Patel launches taskforce to combat dog theft

Dog owners will be relieved to hear that the Home Secretary has responded to public pressure and launched a dog theft government team to battle the rising number of stolen pets. Calling the pet crime “vile” Priti Patel discussed action on the issue last month with Robert Buckland, the Lord…

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Government plans to phase out lead ammunition

The government is now considering a lead ammunition ban under the UK’s new chemical regulation system – UK REACH– and has requested an official review of the evidence to begin today with a public consultation in due course. Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said: “Addressing the impacts of lead ammunition will…

Brown hare

Ban on brown hare shooting looms

Senior Government sources have told The Telegraph that a close season is to be introduced for brown hares. A complete ban on shooting mountain hares is also to be introduced in England. News of the forthcoming ban has sparked anger amongst fieldsports bodies, who argue that hare poaching is the…

Rural workers protest

Today thousands are protesting concerns over Scottish rural policy

The Rural Workers Protest had been planned to take place in Scotland’s capital, however COVID restrictions forced organisers to think creatively and the protest moved online. The  event was jointly organised by the Scottish Gamekeepers association and Scotland’s regional moorland groups. However support is going far beyond gamekeepers. As well…

Rapid 7' PCP air rifle by Theoben.

Theoben airguns available again to UK shooters

Around thirty years ago, Theoben airguns were a popular and sought-after brand in the UK. Yet in October 2012 Theoben went into receivership in the UK and Managing Director Martin Rutterford set the Theoben name up in the USA under the banner of Rapid Air Weapons (RAW). UK fans of…

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High demand for shooting next season

What will the shooting season 2021 look like? We asked some keepers, sporting agents and fieldsports fans what they think the autumn of 2021 is going to look like. Here’s what they said. Alex Farrell, game and gamekeeping officer at BASC, said: “While Covid continues to impact our daily lives,…

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UK gun trade in Brexit turmoil

A remarkable seven out of ten businesses surveyed at the end of February 2021 have reported having difficulties trading abroad since Brexit, with four in ten calling trading conditions ‘very difficult’, according to an exclusive Gun Trade News survey. The survey, which includes responses from major manufacturers, distributors and retailers…

Shooting Times

What’s the news in Shooting Times this week?

Here’s a brief summary of what Shooting Times subscribers will be reading about in the news this week. Guns and ammo theft spate Police have moved quickly to make arrests and recover stolen goods after more than 300,000 rounds of .22 LR ammunition were stolen from a lorry that was…

Shotgun cartridges

Shooting groups defend progress on lead transition

Non-toxic shot progress Shooting organisations have defended the progress of the five-year transition away from the use of lead and single-use plastics in shotgun ammunition. The plan to make shooting more sustainable and to head off Government regulation has come under attack for not making enough progress after a study…

Alex Hogg of Scottish Gamekeepers Association

Scottish gamekeepers plan Holyrood protest on 19th March

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) has announced The Rural Workers’ Protest 2021, #RWP21 and says it is: “… an opportunity for everyone across the countryside, on land and river, to unite and find their voice.” The event will take place on Friday 19th March 2021. The association is mindful of…

Webley Nemesis

Stolen Webley Nemesis Combo air rifles reappearing

On the night of February 17th a shipment of Webley Nemesis X Combo Airguns was stolen from a lorry in Leicestershire whilst in transit to Webley importer Highland Outdoors. It is thought that the thieves have been using a What’s App group to sell on the stolen guns, some of…

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National Gamekeepers’ Organisation calls for focus on gundog theft

The call comes after police officers recovered between 70 and 80 stolen dogs in a single raid in Carmarthenshire last week. Dog theft increasing Theft of dogs, including gundogs, is on the rise across the UK Stolen dogs are often transported over huge distances, with animals that were stolen in…

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Threat to young airgunners with proposed Home Office law changes

Shooting groups are lobbying against the Home Office’s proposed amendments to airgun legislation, which would prevent those between 14 and 17 taking an airgun out alone, even in a private garden. Of particular concern is the impact on thousands of under-18s who use airguns as part of their work for…

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What you need to know about the new 2021 general licences for England

The new 2021 general licences for England came into effect from 1 January and are valid for this calendar year. They were announced by Defra in November after the withdrawal and subsequent reinstatement following a challenge by Wild Justice. New 2021 general licences in detail GL40 Conservation of endangered wild…