burning heather

Is heather burning doomed?

About a year ago I wrote about looming problems with heather burning, saying that it would become a thing of the past on large areas of the northern uplands. It would appear that my worst fears are to be realised. There is not a ban on burning everywhere, but it…

woodcock need a reprieve

Woodcock need a reprieve during cold, say experts

Shooters across Europe have been advised to reduce the number of woodcock they shoot during cold weather. New research suggests that for 
every four consecutive days 
of frozen conditions, the birds need a week to recover — and shooting should be balanced 
to allow the birds to do so. The…

Great Shires Game Fair on the way

The new Great Shires Game Fair is now just a little over a week away, promising to bring all the best of the fieldsports world to the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, Worcestershire, on 14-15 April. The event is offering visitors the chance to take part in a variety of…

Northern Shooting Show 2018

10 reasons to visit the Northern Shooting Show 2018

Taking place on Sat 12th & Sun 13th May 2018, at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate, over 300 exhibitors will be in attendance and it’s a must for Northern-based shooters. Show organiser Richard Stokes comments: “Most of our established game and country fairs are based in the south of…

Government has no plans to license grouse shooting

The Government has highlighted the importance of shooting and said it has no intention to licence driven grouse shooting after responding to an online petition. The petition, which received the support of the RSPB, said that licensing was a “middle way” between an outright ban and doing nothing, which would…

electric training collar ban

English training collar ban consultation is launched

The Government has launched a consultation to seek views on a proposed electric training collar ban for cats and dogs in England, as suggested several weeks ago by the Kennel Club. The club earlier claimed that a ban on the sale and use of the devices was on the way,…

wild salmon

Scotland seeks to solve salmon crisis

The Scottish Government has pledged £700,000 to tackle declining wild salmon stocks. With survival rates for salmon at sea having dropped to just five per cent, ministers say that the money will help to fund new research and activities and mitigate damaging factors such as predation, illegal poaching and salmon…

London Wing Shooting Fair

London Wing Shooting Fair takes flight

The inaugural London Wing Shooting Fair, to be held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, is just days away. Co-founder John Kelley was inspired to create the show following the success of the London Fly Fishing Fair, which he launched at the same venue last year. He hopes that…

Country Food Trust

Game meat sent to those in need

Thousands of people struggling with food poverty have had a hot meal of pheasant or partridge to eat over the past two years thanks to the charitable work of the Country Food Trust. The initiative, set up by its chief executive Tim Woodward in 2016, produced more than 20,000 ready-to-eat…

Electric dog training collars in England

English shock collar ban being considered

A consultation has been launched in to a possible ban on the sale and use of electric dog training collars in England. This follows Scotland’s commitment to ban the use of the devices last month. Their use has been prohibited in Wales since 2010. The Kennel Club pre-empted the official…

flyfishing

Orvis launches campaign for female flyfishers

Fieldsports brand Orvis has launched a new campaign to encourage more women to take up flyfishing and “advance gender parity” in the sport. The 50/50 on the Water initiative seeks to get more women on to the river by lowering potential barriers to the sport and celebrating their role within…

firearms licensing

Review of firearms licensing in Scotland drives call for improvements

HMICS has powers to look into the “state, effectiveness and efficiency” of both the Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority (SPA). It said that while firearms licensing in Scotland has become more consistent since the formation of Police Scotland in 2013, there are still many areas requiring improvement. A…

Big plans for game market

An initiative has been proposed with the intention of promoting the consumption of game and maintaining shoot standards. Expected to launch in mid-April, the British Game Alliance (BGA) is being headed by Tom Adams, former director of shooting for GunsOnPegs. Mr Adams told Shooting Times that the BGA, which is…

Obey law or risk losing lead

Shooters have been warned that disobeying regulations on the use of lead shot could result in further restrictions. Lead shot is banned on the foreshore in England and Wales and wetlands in Scotland and it is an offence to shoot any wildfowl or waders with lead shot at any location…

Badger culls may expand, then end

The Government is to review its 25-year bovine tuberculosis (TB) strategy, with suggestions that it will expand its badger culls, before moving away from the practice in later phases of the plan in favour of other approaches. The 25-year strategy outlines a range of ways in which to combat bovine…

Airgun law

Shooters oppose unjust airgun law

Further restrictions on airgun use in England and Wales would be “disproportionate” and “bad law”. That is the firm response from shooting groups as the Home Office draws its review of airgun licensing to a close. The review was launched to consider whether existing legislation is sufficient to prevent children…

Labour Party proposes a ban on “intensive rearing”

The Labour Party’s proposed animal welfare plan, which includes a pledge to “promote high standards with regards to game shoots”, has had a mixed reception from rural groups. Published on the heels of the Government’s own proposed Animal Welfare Bill, the 50-point plan seeks to improve the treatment of wild,…

Handicap Challenge 2018

Are you ready to enter The Handicap Challenge 2018?

We are excited to announce that with our kind sponsors, Sunseeker London, we will be offering a fantastic prize of £500 in cash for each magazine’s Top Gun for the Royal Berkshire Shooting School’s Handicap Challenge 2018. Participants can shoot the Handicap Challenge course at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School…

Help keep shooting on Welsh land

Shooters are being asked to help decide the future of fieldsports on Natural Resources Wales (NRW) land after new proposals for firearms use were revealed. These came about following a review allegedly launched under pressure from animal rights campaigners. NRW carried out the review into the use of firearms on…

Brood management trials approved for hen harriers

Natural England has issued a two-year licence approving brood management trials for hen harriers as part of Defra’s recovery plan. The six-point Hen Harrier Action Plan was published in early 2016 — after two years of calls from conservation groups — and was created to help the recovery of the…