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South African Sky

  When someone announced a few years back that the Cape was the gun-crime capital of the world, it took me a moment or two to realise it could be true. Some natives here still have that old frontier mentality,

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Natural England trials brood management

As part of 2016’s Joint Hen Harrier Action Plan, a trial project will press ahead with plans to test the practicalities of brood management, captive rearing and release of captive reared chicks, and to assess ‘changes in social attitude’ towards

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Elite Optical Distribution enters wholesale market

A new distributor of optics and optic accessories is now trading in the UK under the name Elite Optical Distribution. The new wholesaler is the brainchild of the team behind online retailer Optics Warehouse, but the two companies will be

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No Para Clays in 2024

Clay shooting’s introduction to the Paralympic Games has suffered a setback as it emerged that Paris 2024 won’t include Para Trap in its event line-up. The IPC revealed the list of sports and disciplines still being considered for inclusion, and

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Bird Flu protection zone expands to cover England

Following the discovery of new cases of bird flu in Dorset and Warwickshire, Natural England has expanded its control measures to cover the whole of England. All keepers of birds in the UK are required to follow guidelines to reduce

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UK economy starts 2018 on front foot

  January started with the pound and the FTSE 100 strengthening on the back of higher-than-expected growth in GDP. The pound surged past its previous post Brexit-vote high to peak at over £1.42 to the dollar. Although this was partially

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Southdown holds on to NFSG crown

Southdown Gun Club and Shooting School is the Nation’s Favourite Shooting Ground 2018, having once more won the annual poll conducted by Clay Shooting magazine. With this victory, the Sussex ground becomes the first ever to win the award twice

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Shock reversal by Scottish Government

The Scottish environment secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, has announced that steps will be taken to ban electronic training collars for dogs, despite a decision in November to allow the collars to be used under trained supervision, which followed a lengthy public

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Antis claim victory on Ilkley Moor

The only grouse shoot to take place on public land has not had its lease renewed, following sustained pressure from anti shooting and animal rights groups. The lease had been held by the Bingley Moor Partnership (BMP) since 2008. BMP

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Records tumble for British shooters

January was a huge success for Britain’s sport shooters, with no fewer than six shooters setting new British records across rifle, pistol and shotgun disciplines. Up and coming 10m air rifle shooter Victoria Walls, who set a British Juniors’ record

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