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    Shooter since a boy, Solicitor interested in appeals against revocation/refusal to grant & other. <br /><br />Chipping Sodbury Gun Club member.<br /><br />Born in Hampshire, living in Bristol since 1990.

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  1. I bought 500 Lyalvale English Sporter 7.5 28g fibre from Just Cartridges the other day. They seem punchier on the shoulder than Comp X though. I am trying to stick to 70mm shells (which CompX aren't) as they function well in the SX3 semi auto, but I might try to stick with Comp X and use my 525 or SBS in future. And yes JC do the 1,000 rate on a mixed order - I bought some of their own pigeon classic shells loaded by Gamebore at the same time.
  2. See https://forums.pigeonwatch.co.uk/forums/search/?q=Darne for a fair few comments from owners.
  3. Another very good response to DEFRA from GWCT https://www.gwct.org.uk/media/996902/Defra-consultation-into-General-Licences-May-2019.pdf
  4. Great job done under enormous time pressure there. Fingers crossed. Thank you @David BASC
  5. Might be of interest, put 21g cartridges through for clays ?
  6. Because they will flap over onto the field next door and bash the drillings/young plants ? It is about population management/reduction in arable areas, I do hope NE understands that.
  7. Good, here's hoping. My application has bounced back three times now so I will just wait & see. Ta v much !
  8. Yesterday evening I had a last trip out before the General Licences evaporate today. One crow fell to a well-placed crossing shot. 282
  9. https://markavery.info/2019/04/24/wild-justices-legal-challenge-how-the-case-progressed/ Worth a read as to how they did it. If they're right that NE failed to implement a compliant licensing regime then there's nothing BASC or anyone could have done about this and it should have been up to NE to put it right sooner. We will have to see what the new licensing regime looks like but the timing is abominable for nesting birds and our farmers. Hopefully this will lead to a licensing system which is more robust against challenges like these so we all know where we stand on roosting & stubbles etc.
  10. I have contacted my MP "I am writing to ask you to address/challenge/raise in Parliament Natural England's short-notice revocation of the General Licences GL04/05/06 under which it was lawful for landowners & pest controllers to shoot woodpigeons, crows, magpies etc. without needing to apply for a specific licence. This was announced only today and is effective the day after tomorrow. I shoot woodpigeons on a large local arable farm in (your constituency). It is the only effective method to protect growing crops which can be rendered uneconomic by woodpigeons grazing. This debacle will (unless NE puts sensible measures in place urgently) hugely impact the arable farming community and threaten the viability of crops across the country. Crops of peas, oilseed rape, wheat, corn, beans are all under threat. The woodpigeons I shoot are not wasted - my family and friends enjoy this nutritious and ethical free-range wild meat. May I request you swing into action to make sure that the general licences are reissued, or that suitable alternative licences are quickly issued to permit essential crop protection ? The effect on nesting birds of the removal of the general licences permitting control of avian predators such as crows and magpies will also be quite deplorable. This could not have come at a worse time for a biodiverse countryside & wildlife. For more information on the issue please see : https://basc.org.uk/blog/uncategorized/natural-england-revoking-three-general-licences/ Many thanks Yours sincerely," for whatever good it might do https://www.theyworkforyou.com/
  11. GL04 is the general licence to protect serious damage to crops. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/763886/gl04-birds-prevent-damage-disease-licence.PDF Let's hope that our landowners can apply for licences easily, more speedily than for cormorants for example. Massive vegan own goal, they will have nothing to eat if the woodpigeons aren't controlled.
  12. Always had a pocket knife, but I have been careful to keep to the non-locking less-than-3"-blade thing for some years, especially glad when I had a custom Laguiole confiscated at the Royal Courts of Justice & returned on my departure ! I recently acquired a Kershaw Pub - great little thing with a bottle opener & screwdriver without looking too knife-y. https://www.heinnie.com/kershaw-pub-32439 Pigeon shooting I usually have a 5" Sheffield steel scouts' sheath knife and something smaller for rabbits.
  13. I have had one like this for a couple of years now, it's a super warm winter shooting jacket.
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