Shooters are turning on each other over a film showing dumped birds. But Cotesbach Game Farm in Leicestershire, which is the one burying the carcases, says they are all breasted, and points out that the practice is legal. In a story in The Times newspaper, both the National Gamekeepers Organisation and Shooting Times magazine criticises […]

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Chris Packham says hunt ban doesn’t work Jeremy Paxman begs Britain to stop buying farmed salmon Gamekeepers clear fly tipping Bereleigh Shoot noise pollution case SEAT offends foxhunters National Trust cancels trail hunting on the Long Mynd Poland plans mass wild boar extermination Australian antis are up a gum tree over duck Cabela’s falls foul […]

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A fox went on the rampage in a couple’s home. It left such a mess they thought they had stumbled on a murder scene. Malcom Gerrard, 58, and his partner Katie Hayward went downstairs to investigate a huge crash in their kitchen. Painter and decorator Malcolm told the Isle of Wight County Press newspaper: “I thought […]

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A 100-year-old rifle and pistol shooting club on England’s south coast is seeking new premises. Fareham Rifle & Pistol Club fought eviction from its base in the grounds of a Hampshire school but lost the last round of a court battle against its landlord. The club shoots air rifles and air pistols as well as […]

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The Irish government has had to defend a deer cull. More than 30 wild deer from the herd in Dublin’s Phoenix Park were culled in what the Irish Office of Public Works (OPW) said was an effort to manage its size. The OPW confirmed 34 animals were killed as part of a controlled exercise. Their […]

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Using two dogs to hunt foxes is more cruel than using a pack. That’s the advice to the Scottish Government in its own review on hunting – yet it is planning to bring forward legislation that will do exactly that. By proposing a limit of two dogs that can be used to flush out and […]

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Dallas Safari Club is bumping up its conservation work. During its 2019 convention and expo in Dallas, USA, it brought together a group of top-level conservation experts to join the DSC Conservation Advisory Board. This new group is charged with the mission of providing subject matter expertise with both regional and global perspectives on needed […]

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Namibia’s top ecologist has hit back against a letter in the Guardian newspaper against trophy hunting. Dr Chris Brown, chief executive of the Namibian Chamber of Environment, has written an article saying the current campaign against trophy hunting is a western urban cultural imposition on the rights of rural African communities. He asks whether the […]

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There’s a new beer to celebrate one of the best-known hunt masters in the country. The Flying Monk Brewery, which is based in the Beaufort country, wanted to mark Captain Ian Farquhar’s retirement from the mastership of the Beaufort Hunt after 34 years. It has produced a beer called The Old Captain. Who other to […]

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The National Trust has cancelled trail hunting for the South Shropshire Hunt at the Long Mynd. It has bowed to pressure from the League Against Cruel Sports, raising fears that one of the key heritage organisations in England & Wales is back in the pocket of animal rights extremists. LACS successfully infiltrated the National Trust […]

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BBC TV presenter Chris Packham says that neither the law banning hunting with hounds nor the League Against Cruel Sports’ hunt monitoring scheme is working. He says: “It’s very difficult to monitor foxhunting and it’s also very difficult when things go wrong to get a successful prosecution. Police are under-resourced and have many other things […]

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An Amish man has been fined £22,000 and jailed for 60 days for poaching. Junior L Troyer, aged 43, of Ohio, USA, entered pleas of no contest to several hunting crimes surrounding the poaching of a 28-point whitetail buck. He also faces a two-year hunting ban.

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A Spanish hunter who was filmed while he chased and tortured a fox has been identified. The Civil Guard in the Spanish province of Huesca says the man, aged 35, faces charges of crimes against wildlife. Click here for more.

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A car overturned in the Cotswolds after the driver tried to dodge a pheasant. The driver had attempted to swerve around a pheasant in the road and ended up rolling her car. She was checked by the ambulance service and given the all-clear.

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A fox has attacked a baby in Norway. After hearing his 10-month-old son Sander shrieking, Bjørn-Milliam Angell found a mangy fox in the baby’s cot. He threw a flowerpot at the animal, then grabbed the pram and pulled it away from the fox. The baby is recovering from scratches on his cheek and local foxshooters […]

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The countryside has turned to social media to express its outrage that animal rights activist and BBC TV presenter Chris Packham is to be made a CBE. Packham’s ‘services to nature conservation’ include the launch of a group dedicated to ending grouseshooting and a campaign to ban hunting/shooting in Malta. In both campaigns he has […]

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Larysa Switlyk is back in the news. After posting a picture of a goat, she shot on Islay in Scotland, the presenter of American TV show Larysa Unleashed has had numerous death threats from violent antis. Now they have reported her to prosecutors under section 11a of the Firearms Act 1968, which refers to authorised lending […]

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French president Emmanuel Macron says he could reinstate the tradition of presidential hunts at the Château de Chambord (pictured), south of Paris. There is speculation in France that this could begin next year during the French-Italian commemorations of the 500th anniversary of the death of the artist Leonardo da Vinci, who spent his final years […]

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The reality of the benefits of trophy hunting is hitting home among the readers of the left-wing Guardian newspaper. After the Guardian orchestrated a campaign against African big game hunting by antis including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and actress Joanna Lumley, it has climbed down in the face of angry letters from the staff of […]

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The 2018 Boxing Day meets saw market towns across the UK throng with hunt supporters. A few groups of violent antis turned up to try to stop the fun – but the overwhelming support for hunting pushed them out. There were no antis visible at the Tiverton Foxhounds meet in the centre of Tiverton, where […]

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How does a brilliant match air rifle shot achieve those scores? Watch as a British junior air rifle shooter breaks a national record. At a competition in Luxembourg, the RIAC 2018, Pheobe Taylor of Rugeley Rifle Club broke the GB Junior record for a qualification. She eventually came 8th in the Air Rifle Women Juniors, […]

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Rifleman Firearms in Somerset, UK, is close to finishing its new indoor rifle range. The building will open in February 2019, will have five firing lanes and includes 500 metres of rail for the targets to run on. Visit RiflemanFirearms.com for more details. Images by Andy McGarty

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Belgium has charged two government officials for breeding, releasing and then shooting muntjac deer. Two forest rangers, one from the Nature and Forest Agency and one from the Agriculture and Fisheries Agency, are to go on trial in Leuven for breeding muntjac, releasing them into the wild, shooting them and selling the meat. European pro-hunting […]

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Antis are targeting a local councillor in Wales who is studying deer in New Zealand. They say James Evans, pictured here with prime minister Theresa May, should not keep his role as a member of Powys County Council after he won a National Farmers’ Union scholarship to study deer farming and venison production. Instead of […]

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The UK government has issued licenses in the last three years to shoot at least 40 problem bird species, including rare and endangered birds. A wildlife blogger’s freedom of information request reveals that Natural England and Natural Resources Wales issued licensed for birds including skylark, linnet and mistle thrush. Curlews, buzzards, red kites and peregrine […]

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You can learn hunting and shooting at school in America. Iowa Department of Natural Resources runs a hunter’s education programme alongside its apprentice and mentor hunting programmes. The state of Iowa also runs shooting sports initiatives in schools and even hunter safety as part of its physical education class curriculum. And it runs a programme […]

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There may be a new world record whitetail deer. Keith Szablewski of Illinois (below right) shot what could be a record-setting buck during the first week of shotgun hunting season. The animal’s antlers have 51 points, beating the previous record of 47 points, set in 2016 by Stephen Tucker of Tennessee (below).

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A couple of videos have emerged from the USA where whitetail deer are the punchlines. One of them is the puma that does not get the meal it was hoping for. And – in the week when a judge in the USA sentenced a poacher to watch the film Bambi every month for a year […]

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In News this week: Did hunt sabs chase foxhound on to busy road? Green politician admits ban on hunting with hounds doesn’t work Chris Packham’s Revive group says housing more profitable for moors than grouse Daystate celebrates 40th birthday Australia’s helicopter cull of 5,000 animals Saudi Arabia holds hunting show  US rangers bust poachers visa […]

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Hunt saboteurs may have chased a foxhound on to a busy road where it was hit by a car and killed. The Fitzwilliam Hunt was trying to turn hounds back from the A14 dual carriageway. However, footage shot by Cambridgeshire saboteurs shows them chasing the hound on to the road, where they filmed it being […]

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A Green member of the Scottish Parliament admits that the ban on hunting with hounds is unworkable. Alison Johnstone MSP plans to tighten laws, but she has not said how. Her announcement follows the trial of Timothy Allen and Shaun Anderson, of the Buccleuch Hunt, who were cleared this week of deliberately hunting a fox […]

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Chris Packham’s Revive group has struck its first blow against Scottish grouse shooting, and it is leaving legislators puzzled. Revive’s new report ‘Back To Life’ says that grouseshooting produces just £30 per hectare. The organisation backed by the TV naturalist says that if Scotland’s grousemoors were turned over to housing or horticulture, they would make […]

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British airgun manufacturer Daystate celebrates its 40th birthday. At a party at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, it drew attention to the company’s illustrious past, with 50 classic Daystate models on display, plus an 18th-century Girandoni air rifle, the earliest example of PCP technology. daystate.com/40th/

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Saudi Arabia held its first falcon and hunting exhibition in the capital Riyadh last week. More than 250 exhibitors came from the Kingdom and 20 other countries. The five-day event exhibition was organized by the Saudi Falcon Club in an area the size of two football pitches, attracting 40,000 attendees.

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Rangers in the USA are using social media to bust poachers. In West Virginia, until you have reported your deer on WVhunt.com, you could be committing an offence. West Virginia Division of Natural Resources officers are now looking at locals’ social media accounts. If they post their deer on Facebook but do not report it, […]

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An MP has written to the Home Secretary after an airgun shop opened in his constituency. The South London Airgun Centre opened in a pawnbroker in Norbury, prompting Croydon MP Steve Reed to lash out at the retailer as “utterly irresponsible”. He believes that “advertising guns in a shop window encourages the use of guns […]

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There’s a new Jones out shooting. Hollywood actor and former footballer Vinnie Jones’s grandson Harry joined his father Aaron for a day on the pheasants, and Vinnie sent us these pictures. The words ‘chip off the old block’ spring to mind.

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The headlines this week – an ex-footballers shoots and scores in Russia – Holy Halibut it’s another record catch – Deadlock in a double deer disaster – and pigeon shooting postponed because Piper plummets into pattern. Stalking the stories – fishing for facts. This item first appeared in Fieldsports Britain, episode 156 www.youtube.com/show/fieldsportsbritain

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Australian shooters face a duck ban, because Australian scientists are too incompetent to find any duck. The nation’s key waterbird survey, the Eastern Australian Waterbird survey, shows how drought has drained eastern Australia wetlands of water and bird life. Waterbird survey team co-ordinator Professor Richard Kingsford says: “I don’t know where the birds are.” However, […]

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Shooters are protecting more wildlife habitat. A Humber wildfowling club has secured a £100,000 loan to create a wetland oasis for waders, including redshanks, grey plover and curlew. Barton On Humber Wildfowlers Club will turn 16 acres of arable farmland into a thriving wetland habitat after securing the loan from the Wildlife Habitat Charitable Trust […]

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The League Against Cruel Sports is trying to close down shooting at a Bettws Hall shoot. The Welsh shoot operator leases the 750-acre estate at Gregynog Hall in Newtown, Powys, where shooting has taken place for centuries. The Davies family gifted the estate to the university of Wales. Now the League Against Cruel Sports has […]

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Prince William has, once again, lammed into the illegal wildlife trade. A new film, The Last Animals, shows the prince discussing the deaths of rangers trying to protect elephants and rhinos. It is already working. China has reversed a controversial decision to lift a 25-year-old ban on the use of tiger and rhino parts in […]

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On the centenary of Armistice Day, fieldsports enthusiasts join the Frontline Walk to raise money for ABF The Soldier’s Charity. They walk the 100km from Arras to Ypres – and they do it in wildfowling, gamekeeping and foxhunting kit, as a mark of respect for the many people from the world of hunting and shooting […]

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When someone in Nevada, USA, reports a bear – perhaps an animal going through their trash – the department of wildlife now uses dogs to scare it away. Karelian bear dogs originate from Finland, where they were bred for this purpose. They don’t try to kill bears but bark at them and nip them until […]

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A six year-old tigress that killed 13 people in western India has been shot. A forestry department patrol team staked out a track after receiving reports of the tigress’s presence. They fired a tranquilliser dart at the animal. It charged the patrol’s vehicle and was killed by a single shot from a distance of between […]

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Larysa Switlyk posted a picture of herself with a dead feral goat and the world went mad. They had been softened up by the stories earlier that week: there was the Woburn trophy hunting story in The Times of London and the video of the American shooting the elephant on South African TV station News24. […]

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Eamonn Holmes’ description of a hunt as ‘murder’ provoked a mass of death threats against hunters and shooters on social media. The ITV This Morning presenter made the comment while interviewing Fieldsports Channel’s Charlie Jacoby and a representative from the League Against Cruel Sports on the daytime show. Holmes, co-presenter Ruth Langsford and LACS policy […]

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Hares are being found dead of disease across the UK. The lead scientist on the outbreak, Dr Diana Bell of the University of East Anglia, says she is receiving multiple reports of hare deaths, “from Scotland, Yorkshire, Cumbria, Bath, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex to name but a few locations often reporting several deaths at each site. […]

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Hunters heading to Scotland with firearms are being prevented from boarding flights – and airlines are blaming the UK’s stringent gun laws. A sudden and unannounced ban on flying passengers who are carrying hunting rifles has hit passengers on airlines including Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines. According to Lufthansa’s German website, the airline is no longer […]

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Shooting’s popularity in the UK is growing. Following a significant downturn in certificate numbers after the Dunblane massacre in 1996, both gun owner numbers and gun numbers have been growing.  There are 1.35 million licensed shotguns in the UK as at 31 March 2017; an increase of 1% compared with the previous year. With 560,000 […]

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