Within the Northern Ireland Assembly, an all-party group on country sports has been created to advise politicians and support the long-term interests of country sports.
Meetings on issues that influence country sports and the benefits that these activities provide in terms of conservation, rural life, tourism and the economy will be hosted by the group, helping politicians to better understand the value of country sports.
The group will be chaired by Lord Morrow (DUP) and its secretariat will be from BASC Northern Ireland. Its goal is to “develop, foster, promote and protect country sports and conservation activities across Northern Ireland, recognising the social, economic and cross-community benefits.”
Lord Morrow said: “The group will provide a valuable focus for politicians to take an active interest in country sports.”
Areas that the group intends to discuss include Northern Ireland’s firearms licensing system and a possible recreational deerstalking scheme on Forest Service woodland to assist with deer management.