The gameshooting season could be extended by an extra month, a senior Government minister has suggested.

In response to a question from MP Jim Shannon, Leader of the House Sir George Young said recently that the Government would see whether there were ?good reasons? to give shooters more time to practise their sport legally.

He said: ?The end of the shooting season has been at the end of January for some time. There may be all sorts of implications if it was extended. I will raise with the appropriate minister whether this issue ought to be discussed and whether there are good reasons for moving away from the traditional beginning and end of the shooting season.?

Under current rules ? in place since 1831 ? grey and red-legged partridges and pheasants can be sho until 1 February. The close season ensures that birds are able to breed successfully and to move between breeding and wintering grounds.

The rest of this article appears in the 23rd November issue of Shooting Times.

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