Lead consultation coming sooner than expected

Sooner than expected, the Government has begun its “substitution of lead in ammunition” consultation which, Simon West explains, will require a fact-based and unified response. There are few things the Government is quick at—but they have surprised us by starting

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Game shooting certificate launched by BASC

BASC has launched a new qualification designed to give new entrants a route into game shooting. The Game Shooter Certificate  1 is modelled on the deerstalking certificate and is designed for people coming into game shooting from the outside. Former

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Welfare Bill given short shrift in House of Lords

A bill that could “curtail country sports” has been mauled in the House of Lords as peers attacked it as ‘unnecessary’ ‘ill conceived’ and ‘anthropomorphic’.  The Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill was introduced in the Queen’s Speech in May. The seemingly

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The Game Fair 2021 – Simon West on the return of the event of the summer

Full of the joys of summer, the GTA’s main man Simon West exhorts us all to dust off our Barbours and wellies and head to the Game Fair, which returns to Ragley Hall this year on July 23rd to July

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GWCT appoints new Scottish director

Rory Kennedy has been appointed as the new director for Scotland at the GWCT. Mr Kennedy was formerly chair of the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group (SCSTG) and a member of the Conservation Capital senior team, a global consultancy providing

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Wild Justice launch more legal actions against shooting

Undeterred by recent failures, Wild Justice keeps hurling its legal eagles at general licensing. The anti-shooting campaign group has launched two more legal actions seemingly designed to attack shooting. In a newsletter sent to its supporters, the campaign group said

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GTN interview: Game Fair’s James Gower

James Gower is the dynamic presence behind the Game Fair, our most eagerly anticipated country event. He tells Steve Faragher what to expect this year, and how they overcame uncertainty. SF: I’ve never been to The Game Fair before. Tell

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Firearms licensing slows down

Cambridgeshire Police emerged as the country’s best performing firearms licensing team, while Durham Police have come out at the bottom of the league table according to new figures from BASC. The top performing three forces, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire all

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The Game Fair: the event of the summer!

It’s the highlight of most shooter’s year and the country festival to be seen at every summer­. Finally, we can head back to The Game Fair, and it looks like this could be the best one yet. This much-loved celebration

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Shotgun certificate renewals taking even longer in 2020, BASC research shows

The figures have prompted calls for licensing to be dealt with on a national basis, rather than by county What is the current shotgun certificate renewal time? The British Association for Shooting & Conservation (BASC) has just published research which

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