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Shoot with Shooting Gazette at West London Shooting School

This year sees Shooting Gazette celebrate its 25th birthday and to celebrate we have organised a one-off shoot day to give you the opportunity to come and shoot with the Shooting Gazette’s famous faces. For this special day with only 50 places available we have teamed up with Purdey who…

BBC condemned for urban bias

The BBC is letting down many of its 12million rural viewers and relies too heavily on a small number of charities and NGOs for countryside stories, a BBC Trust review has found

CAP reforms could mean more peas for pigeon

Reforms to farm funding announced by environment secretary Owen Paterson could mean a boost for pollinators and pigeon shooters, but have been greeted with dismay by a number of wildlife and conservation groups. The minister’s announcement set out how the £15billion of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) funds would be distributed…

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Renewed calls for hen harrier conservation

Renewed calls to step up hen harrier conservation efforts have been made by key figures from both sides of the raptor/grouse debate, but agreement on strategy is still a long way off. The latest rallying cries have sounded as the first English hen harrier chicks to hatch in two years…

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Countryside Alliance challenges CPS over influence of antis

Three men accused of illegally hunting stags have been told that the CPS will consult the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) before deciding whether to pursue a case. The CPS said it would take eight days and over £100,000 to prosecute the members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds, who…

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School rewards good behaviour with fieldsports trips

Schools in Yorkshire have begun offering fishing trips in return for good behaviour, after successful school trips to Fairview Fishing lakes. Mick Bradbury, who owns the two fishing lakes, is hoping to build a classroom on site and create two new, small lakes for the exclusive use of the children.…

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RSPCA trustee candidate compared farming to holocaust

A candidate who was standing for election to join the RPSCA’s national council likened farming to the holocaust. Speaking to the Times, Peta Watson-Smith said: “I don’t think people always appreciate what is the holocaust going on behind closed doors. You talk about the Jews. This probably sounds like animal…

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Pairs room opens at Chris Potter Country Sports

Chris Potter Country Sports opened their unique Pairs Collection gunroom yesterday. The new gunroom is located just across the road from their gunshop in Kent. Designed to exclusively showcase pairs of shotguns, the Pairs Collection is a dedicated space stocked with everything from new Italian shotguns to older Britsh side…

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Glossary of British landscape created

Dominick Tyler is spending a year documenting the British landscape and collating its vocabulary to create a new kind of glossary. Tyler hopes his Landreader Project will remind us of a time when our ancestors read the lines on the land as fluently as text. “Our increasingly urbanized lives and…

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National Shooting Week

The seventh annual National Shooting Week, run by the Countryside Alliance with the support of the British Shooting Sports Council, cross-party politicians and Olympic double trap gold medallist Peter Wilson, is currently taking place with events all over Great Britain. The event concentrates on target shooting. Dozens of shooting grounds…

Scottish airgun bill under fire

A bill for the licensing of airguns in Scotland has met with fierce criticism from shooting and countryside organisations and its effectiveness and enforceability questioned by the Law Society of Scotland. The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill would, if passed in its current form, require anyone wishing to own…

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Remington rifles being recalled

Remington has announced a voluntary safety recall of Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with X-Mark PRo, or XMP triggers manufactured between May 1 2006 and April 9 2014. The official statement reads: “A Remington investigation has determined that some XMP triggers might have excess bonding agent used in the…

Royal backing for red squirrel strategy

A new plan promoting action to protect red squirrels has received the personal approval of Prince Charles, his office has confirmed. The Accord on Squirrels in the United Kingdom sets out a long-term commitment to see “Red squirrel populations protected and thriving and greys controlled through targeted and sustained action”.…

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BASC: licence fee increases will be fair

Director of communications Christopher Graffius, who sits on the working group looking into licensing costs, told Shooting Times that BASC was working to ensure that the shooting community was not treated as a source of easy revenue. He vowed to keep fees fair, saying that: “Many of those calling for…

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Police raid farms as raptor death toll rises

Police Scotland has carried out searches on the Black Isle, where the number of dead birds of prey found had increased to 19 as Shooting Times went to press. Police have also said that tests have confirmed that 12 of the birds had digested a “poisonous substance.” Initial searches are…