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The hot hare debate

Mountain hare has been a controversial topic in the press this week, with wildlife charities calling on the Scottish government to impose a three-year cull ban on the species.  Gamekeepers have called this proposal “environmentally irresponsible”. The charities, including the RSPB

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Missing crime figures skew airgun licensing debate

Tomorrow (23 April) MSPs will decide whether to proceed with plans to license airguns in Scotland – but missing crime statistics will mean their decision will be based on incomplete evidence. The 2014 annual Scottish Government report on firearms offences has

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Land reform: Keepers fear for livelihoods

Scottish land reform could leave rural workers’ jobs in an uncertain position The Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association has stated it has ‘never received guarantees’ that members’ jobs would be safe under new land reform plans put forward by the Scottish government.

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Forward Focus

Helena Douglas finds out from Kenneth Stephen, press and public relations manager for the Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association, why it was set up and what its aims are

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SGA speaks out on snaring

The Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association has condemned the setting of illegal snares

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Persecution On The Map

The Scottish Government has unveiled new maps showing the latest raptor persecution figures, from the Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture division. The maps show that last year, 28 birds of prey were apparently victims of raptor persecution, despite numerous

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