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SCOTLAND: Seeing the wood for the trees

Alex Stoddart takes time out from work to reflect on the beauty of our sport and avoid getting bogged down in the details The gunmaker’s tent was a sanctuary of assorted tartan, realtree, tweed, rich walnut and fine steel. Moving

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Soapbox stuff

David Barrington Barnes raises his voice to critique the firearms licensing system and its implementation Some decades ago, the relationship between government and judiciary was simple: parliament made the laws and the judges interpreted them. It was a simple approach,

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TIM BONNER: Grousing about class divide

Tim Bonner looks at the perceived elitism of grouse shooting and the benefits the sport brings to the rural economy  Over 600,000 of us shoot game every year in the UK and there are less than 500 grouse moors in

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IRELAND: A shooter’s best friend

Jason Doyle looks back on a pleasing season of summer sport and suggests more shooters should bring Fido along for company As the combines finish rolling and the last of this harvest is gathered into storage, we mark the end

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The problem with peat

Patrick Laurie looks at the damaging factors a grouse moor manager must consider when it comes to peatland reduction… Peat has become a big issue in the uplands over the past few years, and having identified its huge value in

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SCOTLAND: Falling on deaf ears

Sporting taxes and land reform: Scottish Government does not and will not listen to the rural voice, says Alex Stoddart Have you ever overheard someone slandering you, and not recognised yourself as the person described? Ever felt persecuted by propaganda

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Community Spirit

Garry MacLennan, head keeper on the Invermark Estate, speaks out about a little-known group achieving big things in the glens: the Angus Glens Moorland Group Gamekeepers are very good at not speaking about the positive things that we do because

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IRELAND: Seeing red

Back from the brink of extinction, the red kite has been enjoying a population surge in Ireland since 2007. Jason Doyle asks what this means for vulnerable birds further down the food chain I’m on dawn patrol on a South

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TIM BONNER: Refit Revolution

A new evaluation of the EU’s Birds and Habitats Directives could threaten shooters across Europe. Tim Bonner explains why the REFIT could spell bad things for shooters and antis alike… As well as having to deal with potential changes to

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Opinion: Angus Glens Moorland Group

Garry MacLennan, head keeper on the Invermark Estate, speaks out about a little known group achieving big things in the glens: the Angus Glens Moorland Group Gamekeepers are very good at not speaking about the positive things that we do

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