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Sporting Dog Pavilion returns to CLA Game Fair

The Sporting Dog Pavilion will feature 30 different breeds of working dogs recognised by the Kennel Club, from golden retrievers and cocker spaniels to the Italian bracciano and the German longhaired pointer. Jonty Lightowler, gundog chairman at the CLA Game Fair, said: “Neil Rice of Cigors Gundogs, who has a…

RSPCA drops its final hunting case

The RSPCA has dropped its last outstanding prosecution under the 2004 Hunting Act because of a lack of evidence. The charity had brought a case against Will Bryer, master and huntsman of Dorset’s Cattistock Hunt, alleging that he had been illegally hunting a fox with dogs in 2014. Mr Bryer…

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Hartpury College wins Gamekeeping College Clay Shoot

Hartpury College was awarded the Gamekeeping College Challenge Shield, beating off strong compeititon from runners-up Newton Rigg. Hartpury College also walked away with the high gun prize thanks to the individual brilliance of student Jack Lilwall. Each of the 23 teams, drawn from 11 colleges across the UK, shot at…

Scottish Gamekeepers’ Day at Scone Palace

The Scottish Gamekeepers Day’, organised by BASC, provides gamekeepers across Scotland with a forum for debating important issues such as game bird disease management, and allows gamekeepers to stay abreast of changes in the law. A clay shooting competition will also be included in the day’s events. BASC Scotland director…

Gun licence fee increases put to Parliament for approval

Government proposals to increase gun licence fees that would see the cost of a shotgun certificate rise from £50 to £79.50 have been put to Parliament for approval. The firearms licensing fees order contains suggested increases based on the findings of a Home Office working group that included representatives from…

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Labour repeats pledges to raise gun licence fees to tackle deficit

Labour’s shadow chief secretary to the treasury, Chris Leslie, has repeated his party’s plans to increase gun licence fees to deal with the national deficit. He was challenged during an opposition day debate on 4 March on the economy by Conservative treasury minister David Gauke about his previous statement that…

Melissa Rigby to work with John Rigby & Co.

Melissa Rigby, a London-based goldsmith and enameller, and the great, great, great granddaughter of John Rigby, was invited to join the firm by managing director Marc Newton during her visit to the John Rigby & Co. workshop and showroom in Vauxhall. John Rigby & Co. managing director Marc Newton said:…

BASC council candidate – Ann Mortimer

Professor Ann Mortimer, aged 57, is a professor of psychiatry and a consultant psychiatrist. She lives in rural East Yorkshire. She is standing for one of five contested seats in this year’s BASC council elections. What is your shooting and conservation background? Until 10 years ago, I didn’t have one.…

BERETTA 682 GOLD E

Beretta 682 Gold E for sale

A private seller is selling this great example of a Beretta 682 Gold E for sale at £1,495. FEATURES: – 30″ Sporting with O/U barrels – Set of 5 optima bore chokes (red, blue, yellow, green, black) – 14.1/2’’ stock – trigger to mid butt – Spare 1″ BUTT –…

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Royal Berkshire Shooting School to lay on kids’ courses

The all-day courses will act as a comprehensive introduction to shooting, provided by full-time instructors, but that doesn’t mean that those already in to their shooting who want to improve their skills can’t attend. The courses will be based at Royal Berkshire Shooting School in Pangbourne and cover a wide…

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John Rigby & Co. Big Game rifle recognised in Las Vegas

The Big Game rifle is built on the Magnum Mauser action based on the classic Model 98 design. The barrelled actions are supplied by Mauser before being assembled into rifles at the John Rigby & Co. workshop in London. Marc Newton, the managing director of John Rigby & Co., said:…

Purdey Bicentenary Trio

Historic Purdey Bicentenary Trio sold

The Purdey Bicentenary Trio, a unique set that consists of a 12-bore side-by-side shotgun, a 20-bore Damascus over-and-under shotgun and a .470 double rifle, was sold to a private collector for an undisclosed fee. When viewed together the two shotguns and rifle that make up the Purdey Bicentenary Trio represent…

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BASC game and beer night with Hook Norton Brewery

The evening will include a 45-minute tour of the Victorian Tower Brewery, a selection of game dishes served with a different beer, and a prize draw. James Clarke, managing director of Hook Norton Brewery, will be on hand to give an explanation of each beer served. Huw Lloyd, BASC England…

Court dismisses RSPB covert surveillance case as abuse of process

Magistrates at Northallerton have dismissed a case brought by the RSPB alleging misuse of a cage trap by a grousemoor keeper on the grounds that the way the charity carried out its investigations amounted to an abuse of process and denied the defendant the prospect of a fair trial. The court held…

Scottish Roe Review 2014

Annual roe reviews offer a chance for a catch-up — a catch-up on what was recently harvested and, increasingly, a catch-up and a reflection on what has been harvested in years and sometimes decades past, then often left to moulder in man caves and cardboard boxes up and down the…

Browning B725 Grade 5 for sale

Browning B725 Grade 5

Sportsman Gun Centre have this Browning B725 Grade 5 for sale from £2,995. Take a look at this great secondhand example of this classic game gun now. Click here to view this secondhand Browning B725 Grade 5 for sale!

New Rural Business Awards launched

Rural marketing company Be Rural has launched a set of awards to celebrate excellence in rural enterprise. Nominations for the Rural Business Awards opened on 9 February and will close on 24 April. The awards, which are supported by the CLA and sponsored by Sturgess Motor Group, will be presented at…

Candidates for BASC council announced

The candidates for election to BASC council this summer have been announced. Twelve members from across the country have put their names forward to fight it out for five contested places on the council and two further candidates have stepped up to take responsibility for uncontested council seats representing Northern…

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BASC chairman Alan Jarrett welcomes Norway lead shot ruling

The Norwegian parliament’s decision to reintroduce lead shot for live quarry over non-wetlands comes following lengthy campaigning from the Norwegian Association of Hunters and Anglers. Alan Jarrett commented: “I welcome the decision of the Norwegian parliamentary committee to recommend the repeal of the law banning the use of lead shot…