Issued by Hampshire Constabulary Today , covers also IOW
All organised sporting and recreational shooting activities have been suspended until further notice. With regards pest and vermin control and deer management by firearm or shotgun certificate holders, this activity should only continue if it is essential in preventing such things as crop damage or harm to livestock. If your occupation or employment is in pest and vermin control or deer management, you will need to be able to evidence your activity as being essential. The BASC website refers to gamekeepers and pest controllers who “require firearms to assist in crucial management” and further advice should be sought from this or other trade bodies or representative organisations.Unless the activity is taking place on your own land or tied estate and does not require travel between locations, our advice is that if you are not employed in pest or vermin control as part of your livelihood, employment or business, you should refrain from such activity. If you decide to engage in this activity or travel with a view to engaging in the activity and you are challenged by a police officer, you will have to show that your movements or activities are essential, and not unlawful under the new legislation. Holders should also be aware that if they do not heed this advice and are found in circumstances that suggest a danger to public safety or to the peace, this may result in consideration being given to the revocation of their certificate/s.