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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…

Northern Shooting Show

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…

Duchess of Cambridge with dog Lupo

Prince William’s working cocker spaniel Lupo dies age 9

Lupo, the working cocker spaniel belonging to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has died aged nine. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@kensingtonroyal) Lupo was a wedding present to the couple from the Duchess of Cambridge’s brother, James Middleton. Not long…

Jackdaw

Jackdaws and rooks protected by new general licences

Commenting on new general licences which come into effect on 1 January 2021, Environment Secretary George Eustice commented: “Jackdaws and rooks will no longer be able to be controlled for conservation purposes because the evidence does not demonstrate that predation has a population-level effect on wild birds.” However jackdaws and…

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DEFRA Review – the facts not the fiction

What does the DEFRA review mean for the here and now, what changes are going to take place and who do they affect? (JM) Reading through the Witness statements published by DEFRA, their legal correspondence with Leigh Day Solicitors and their summary statement, it initially seems that very little has…