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Scotland’s general licences ‘largely unchanged’ in 2021, says BASC

The UK’s largest shooting organisation has welcomed the publication of Scotland’s latest general licences, which came into force on 1 January 2021.   The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) said the three key licences utilised by practitioners to

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BASC clarifies advice on shooting during lockdown

What should shooters do during lockdown? BASC is advising members that, in light of government providing greater clarity on the new Covid regulations in England, activities such as wildfowling, deer stalking and rough shooting are now allowed as a form of exercise

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Are deer management targets achievable without thermals?

In his first column for GTN, Dr Al Gabriel, BASC council member, molecular biologist at Newcastle University and keen deer stalker, wonders whether thermals are really a good thing, and whether he could hit his deer management targets without them.

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New research confirms major socio-economic importance of grouse shooting

A groundbreaking new study has highlighted that grouse shooting delivers significant socio-economic benefits, affirming its place as a much-valued upland land use. Commissioned by the Scottish Government, the research shows that grouse shooting sustains many jobs and delivers high levels of

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BASC responds to publication of new General Licences for England

BASC is advising members that Defra has today published three new general licences for the shooting and trapping of certain birds in England. The new general licences, which come into effect on 1 January 2021, provide the legal basis for

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BASC Ladies’ Star of Shooting awards 2020 open for nominations

With three categories and some fantastic prizes, nominations to the annual BASC Ladies’ Star of Shooting awards have opened. In recognition of outstanding contributions and support to ladies’ shooting the awards enter their fourth year. Owing to their growing success the 2020

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Follow the Covid-19 Code for shooting

With the start of the pheasant season just days away, BASC is pleased that the latest government announcement has not placed further restrictions on shooting in England. We continue to await further details on the latest guidance from Northern Ireland,

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BASC launches second newspaper campaign

BASC has launched its second newspaper advertising campaign of the year – this time celebrating the opening of the pheasant season. The first campaign focused on the importance of the grouse season to our upland communities and landscape conservation. The

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RSPB must give shooting due credit if dialogue is to succeed

Ian Danby, BASC’s head of biodiversity, considers the RSPB’s announcement today about its year-long review of shooting. At last year’s AGM, the RSPB said it would review its policy on shooting and today it announced its verdict. Their response to

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BASC calls for duck wings

BASC is calling on members of the wildfowling community to continue their positive contribution towards our duck wing survey to ensure we have the data to safeguard the future of our sport. The BASC initiative is responsible for collecting information

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