BASC urges members: “Have your say on general licences”

BASC is urging members to take part in a 12 week public survey launched today by environment secretary Theresa Villiers as part of a planned review of general licences to manage wild birds in England. Defra (the Department for Environment,

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Riding High In The Saddle

The opening day of the Game Fair was hardly ideal weather for a trade event. Indeed the record-breaking heat was only really a blessing for sunbathers. However, the news coming from another tanner was also extremely positive. Albion Saddlermakers first

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Its Harmless Fun, By George!

I joined the World Cup prediction Game in my workplace, just to be polite. Actually, that’s a lie. I joined the sweepstake because I was coerced into it – all in the name of harmony in the office, allegedly. How

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Commonwealth of Opportunities

WITH THE COMMONWEAlTH GAMES KICKING OFF as Gun Trade News goes to print, what chance does shooting have of a glorious ‘summer of sport’, as we had in 2012? Wait… not summer. Spring of sport? Well, it’s really autumn in

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“Shoo before you shoot” dropped

Natural England has quietly shelved the proposed amendment to the general licence requiring pest controllers to demonstrate they have exhausted non-lethal methods of control before shooting

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England Commonwealth team announcement

England’s Commonwealth shooting team has been announced – or at least the rifle and pistol section of the team.

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NE denies “shoo before you shoot” clause

NATURAL ENGLAND HAS insisted it is not looking to add a requirement to scare birds into the General Licence

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Northern Ireland badger cull?

As new pilot cull areas are being considered in England, a badger sett population survey is being undertaken in Northern Ireland that could see selective culling begin in early 2014. Bert Houston, Northern Ireland’s chief veterinary officer, has revealed plans for a research programme into

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