If we let antis succeed in disrupting and shutting down shoots, they will keep coming back. They must face the consequences of their illegal behaviour. The authorities can’t and won’t do this without your help. Here’s how to provide that help.
From the moment antis appear, record them continuously on video from more than one camera.
Capture antis’ faces, vehicle number plates and other details that will aid identification.
Call the police immediately antis appear. Explain clearly that your group has firearms, and that the trespassers are acting aggressively, causing alarm and distress.
- Keep calm
- Sleeve guns
- Stick together
- Make sure everyone (including dogs) is accounted for. The landowner or shoot captain should explain clearly, on camera, that the antis are trespassing and are required to leave the land immediately.
- Try to move them on by force
- Engage in discussion/debate
- Try to grab their cameras etc
- React aggressively. They want to provoke a reaction which they can film and selectively edit for social media
After an incident
- Insist on an incident number from the police
- Write down details of the incident while it’s fresh in your mind, including names of potential witnesses (guns, beaters, etc)
- Notify DAVY. Our legal experts may be able to advise you on any next steps.
The law is on your side
Everyone has a right to peaceful protest. Antis are entitled to stand around waving placards and calling shooters names. They do not have the right to trespass on private land, disrupt the legal activity of a shoot, or harass or intimidate participants. If antis do disrupt your shoot, they are probably breaking several laws and could potentially be prosecuted.
Understand the police position. Their job is not to provide a security service for your shoot. They may take some time to arrive, if at all. When they do, their priority will be to prevent the situation escalating and ensure no-one gets hurt. It’s up to you to collect the evidence so that antis can be prosecuted and hit where it hurts – in the pocket. You may be able to recover the cost of the day’s sport.
If you are a hunt, shoot or other club, you may consider appointing one of your members your ‘legal officer’, like a ‘health & safety’ officer.
What is DAVY?
We are a group of lawyers and other professionals who hunt, shoot and fish. We produced this card. We give our time to provide legal solutions that benefit all those who do the same. DAVY is not-for-profit.