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…

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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…

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Beretta takes over Holland & Holland

Beretta Holdings has now significantly expanded its presence in the UK after signing an agreement to buy 100% of the prestigious Holland & Holland brand. The takeover took place on 1 February 2021. Beretta says that it has been seeking to acquire a premium luxury brand for a while now…

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Big Farmland Bird Count back for 2021

Gamekeepers, farmers and land managers across the country are being asked to pledge their support to the  Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) Big Farmland Bird Count. The GWCT is asking you to spend 30 minutes spotting species on a patch of land between the 5 and 21 February 2021…

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How will COVID affect the biggest shooting events in 2021?

The organisers of the Northern Shooting Show have announced that the show planned in May 2021 has had to be cancelled. The organisers explained: “We know that you, like us, will be hugely disappointed, but it was just not possible to deliver the show with the current government restrictions. “Any…

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High Court rules Welsh general licences lawful

Essential pest control in Wales will be allowed to continue after Judge Jarman QC rejected the claims of Wild Justice on 18 January 2021. Wild Justice had asserted that general licences GL001, GL002 and GL004 were not lawful but in the High Court judgement all three of these claims were…

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Who’ll win the Great British Shooting Awards this year 2021?

We proudly announce the third annual Great British Shooting Awards! The Awards give recognition to the products, organisations and people that make our industry tick. From cartridges to clothing, the Awards represent every corner of the market. Dedicated categories will showcase the achievements of the people who’ve really had a…

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The rules on shooting for England’s latest lockdown

The latest national lockdown came into force in England on 6th January 2021. However wildfowling, deer stalking and rough shooting are now permitted as exercise, provided shooters comply with the strict conditions that existing around social distancing and travel. So what are the rules on shooting? BASC advises that outdoor…

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40 reasons why we shoot

There’s plenty of misinformation about shooting. So here’s a list, with facts published in Shooting Times, of the benefits shooting brings to the community. Why We Shoot Research has shown that going shooting boosts mental wellbeing and physical health. Shooting improves social contact for a variety of ages Shooting instils…

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Grouse shooting in Scotland to be licensed

The Scottish Government has announced that it is to start licensing grouse shooting. The decision follows assessment of the findings of the independent Grouse Moor Management Group who produced the Werritty Report, which was commissioned by the Scottish Government. Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment Mairi Gougeon announced…

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Air rifle law in England looks set to change

A new government consultation proposes to strengthen air rifle law to keep air guns from being used by unsupervised under-18s. In addition, owners of small gun ranges will have to have a licence and inform the police before buying weapons. Policing Minister Kit Malthouse said: “Our gun laws are among…