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Lion status changed

The USA is set to place greater restrictions on the hunting of African lions in 2016. Lions from central and western Africa would be classified as endangered while those from southern and eastern Africa would be seen as threatened, the

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Tail docking in Scotland

The Scottish government will open a consultation next year on the possible exemption of working dogs from the existing ban of the tail docking of dogs. Tail docking has been completely banned in Scotland since 2007, but the government will

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Culls hit target

The 2015 badger cull trials hit their targets, it’s been announced. The three cull areas in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset all stayed within the minimum and maximum cull quotas – the first time this has happened. As a result, the

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MPs back lead

Lead shot is on the agenda once again, with MPs defending its use in the Commons. Conservative MP Rishi Sunak told politicians that the average consumer gets more lead from beer than they do from game meat – and all

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Gamekeepers’ Fair anniversary

Did you attend the first BASC Gamekeepers’ fair in 1976? If so, BASC wants to hear from you. It’s the 40th anniversary of the show this year, and BASC said this year it wants to go back to its roots

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It’s showtime

The countdown to the British Shooting Show 2016 is nearly complete. The must-attend shooting event takes place for the eighth time on 12-14 February at Stoneleigh. A ‘quality over quantity’ event, it takes place in Stoneleigh’s indoor exhibition halls and

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Land Reform Bill panned

Scottish Land & Estates, which represents landowners in Scotland, has released a statement warning of the negative consequences of Scottish land reform. The controversial Land Reform Bill has caused concern for sporting estates in Scotland, threatening to remove tax exemptions

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Firearms report finalised

The Law Commission has published its final report into firearms law, after a scoping review including consultations with firearms owners and shooting organisations. Recommendations include re-defining “lethal” as more than one joule of kinetic energy, defining “component part” and “antique”

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BASC bigger than ever

Membership of BASC, the UK’s largest shooting association, has hit new heights at the start of 2016. BASC’s ranks swelled by more than 4000 in 2015, the organisation reports, and now sits at a total of 144,500 – more than

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Stags left to rot

The John Muir Trust, dedicated to “protecting and enhancing wild places” has culled 86 deer and left the carcases to rot, wasting over £100,000 in lost revenue from stalking and venison sales. The cull has angered local gamekeepers and residents,

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