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CORONAVIRUS: BASC asks Home Office to support firearms licensing during pandemic

Tens of thousands of firearm certificate holders could be at risk of breaking the law as the coronavirus outbreak restricts police resources, according to BASC. Some firearms certificates are due to expire in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. The

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General licences in England extended

Defra have extended the temporary general licences in England until the end of July. BASC have said that this gives a “window of certainty to the rural community.” BASC say that they “will continue to work with Defra and parliamentarians

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Cold weather squirrel control

Mat Manning heads out for a morning in the freezing woods to target greedy bushy-tails as they home in on the pheasant feeders. Cold weather and short days can make the prospect of spending a day in winter woodland seem

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Farmyard pest control: The Countryman

With wet weather threatening to stop play, Mat Manning heads onto the farm in search of shelter and finds plenty of pests doing the same. Most shooters are pretty hardy when it comes to inclement weather – we enjoy being

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The hunter’s season

With the countryside at its most beautiful and quarry species distracted by a rich natural harvest, Kev Hawker heads out to bask in the colder seasons. Late autumn and early winter really are the hunter’s months as far as I’m

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Rabbiting by Lamplight: The Countryman

Mat Manning sets up with a scope-mounted flashlight and heads out into the night for some traditional rabbit lamping The ground I’m shooting over tonight is a mixed farm comprising several hundred acres of cattle grazing, cereal crops and pony

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Kev Hawker’s on squirrel patrol

Kev Hawker treats himself to a leisurely morning in the woods, and brings a few invasive grey squirrels to book while he’s at it. If you asked me to name the most destructive pest in the British countryside, I would

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Airgun letters

This is your chance to air your views and opinions! Send your letters to: Airgun Shooter, Future Publishing Ltd, Units 1 & 2, Sugarbrook Court, Aston Road, Bromsgrove B60 3EX or email asletters@futurenet.com, including your full name and address. Join

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The Countryman with Mat Manning

PLEASE NOTE: This edition of The Countryman was produced BEFORE the revocation of the General Licences. Corvid control is a priority during the spring. Songbirds and gamebirds are nesting, which means an easy meal for crows and magpies, who are

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The Game Fair selects GWCT as its nominated charity

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) has been chosen by The Game Fair as its official charity for 2019. A regular exhibitor at The Game Fair, the independent wildlife conservation charity has carried out scientific research into Britain’s game and

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