Lockdown stops driven game shoots – Fieldsports News, 4 November 2020

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Ashcombe Shoot – review

  It’s one of the best shoots in the country. Ashcombe Estate in Devon provides superb pheasant and partridge drives up one of the county’s prettiest and most challenging valleys. Charlie Jacoby goes shooting there, and talks to owner Ralph Rayner and keeper Adam Eaton. To book a day, email ralph@ashcombe.co.uk Follow Ashcombe on GunsOnPegs

Fieldsports Britain – the gamekeeper’s badger

  Meet the badger, the raven, the fallow doe and the man who keeps them in his house: the headkeeper. David Whitby kicks off our new series, called ‘The Headkeeper’, about how he runs a Sussex estate. This week: dogging in using a goshawk. Meanwhile, Charlie is going shooting. He is on the fabulous Ashcombe […]

The Headkeeper

David Whitby manages a shooting estate in Sussex, looking after pheasants, partridges, deer – and he brings his work home with him. Living with him is a badger, a fallow doe, a raven and a long-suffering wife. His love of wildlife also extends to the game on the estate, which he manages alongside other wildlife. […]

Rules for shooters and deerstalkers during November lockdown

Fieldsports Channel's Tim Pilbeam 'trophy hunting' in Portugal

Bad news for shoots: driven game shooting should cease on Thursday 5 November and is expected to resume on Wednesday 2 December. England will return to a local and regional approach on 2 December. The government told BASC this during lobbying to ensure that Covid-19-safe driven game shooting can resume when lockdown ends. However, shooting […]

Will Boris shut shooting in England?

It’s hard to imagine being more socially-distanced in a sport than one gunshot away from the next shooter, riding your horse across the English shires, or setting up for a day’s angling. However, the worlds of hunting, shooting and fishing are on tenterhooks. Will Boris ban them under lockdown 2? Prime minister Boris Johnson’s new […]

Irish government lockdown coursing ban attempt

Ireland’s minister for heritage, Darragh O’Brien, has called on coursing clubs to release hares caught up for the forthcoming season. Coursing now starts on 1 December 2020 because of coronavirus lockdown. Showing a misunderstanding of coursing, O’Brien says that hares are “better off in the wild rather than being held in captivity in groups in […]

English government caves in to Packham over pheasants

The English government is to ban pheasant release on around 10% of the countryside unless under licence. The announcement by environment minister George Eustice came after BBC presenter Chris Packham’s Wild Justice group threatened to take the government to court over the issue. According to DEFRA, shoots won’t be able to release pheasants or red-legged […]

Irish greens use lockdown to ban shooting sports

The Irish government has banned game shooting and deerstalking due to ‘level 5 lockdown’ in the Republic of Ireland. The ban will come in just ahead of the Irish pheasant shooting season, which opens on 1 November. A statement on the Garda (police) website says that ‘sport shooting is prohibited’ because it is not organised […]


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