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  1. This really isn’t complicated - just crack on (obviously in season). Use whatever legal means you wish. A sub FAC air rifle would be the most fun though - and safest option re your domestic setting. Happy hunting!
  2. Digging deeper now: it would seem the 3km zone has activity restrictions and the 3km to 10km outer zone is for surveillance. All the details needed - now on the BASC website.
  3. Yes agree. Have done this also. More of us should challenge their mantra. As you have discovered - a reasonable approach is the way forward. It’s also important to do this with MPs, the BBC and press etc. I feel this is often left to ‘the org’s’ - but many individuals can have quite an impact.
  4. Great! we just have to ensure that Defra’s interim licence - re the 500 metre zone - is workable.
  5. Here you go - hope the link works. There is a 10km control zone around the Northallerton site. The only ‘game bird’ restriction I can find - is on releasing game. Have a closer look - as there might be restrictions also on removing birds from the control zone....? Apologies again for the initial confusion. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/939582/TCZ-declaration-northallerton-IP5-DPR-2020-36.pdf
  6. Sorry - I thought the question was about Covid / driven pheasants. Its front of mind at the mo’ - just been researching it. I can’t honestly answer re the bird flu outbreak. I can only say, in the past they’ve used exclusion zones around outbreak farms.
  7. Simple answer - YES! All tiers OK for shooting subject to Covid safe protocols. Read the guidance - plenty of published material. However, it is advised that guns do not travel from one tier to another. Please note this is ‘advisory’ and not yet a legal requirement. The current thinking with anyone I’ve talked to: is to accept this advisory guidance.
  8. Agree. Greed rears its ugly head sometimes in shooting - as it does in all walks of life. This is a prime example. There is a thread already re this topic in the ‘Talk From The Field’ section’ by the way. I’m not technical enough to link you through.....?!
  9. Here here! The radicalised ‘animal rights’ brigade will hate us whatever we do. Just get on with it. Head shoot your garden pheasants with a 12 ft/lb air rifle - as has been sensibly suggested above. Don’t get too bent out of shape by some of the rather whacky tangents - which your straight forward question seems to have generated. Enjoy the tasty pheasant!
  10. I suspect they will be taking advantage of some naive foreign guns - when some form of normality resumes. Often Italians. I feel really sorry for them.....the Italian visitors that is.
  11. Yes agree - we need some ‘official response’ on this. The RSPB and eco-woke extremists (one and the same really) seem to be the main ones cycling and recycling this story - but without evidence or an arrest to prove their case. As yet we have no circumstantial context. As much as several aspects of this story look very dodgy - I would still hope they throw the book at anyone proven guilty.
  12. I agree the org’s should be be more media savvy and proactive - especially re social. However the print press will run the story if it can be proven as fake. Their main agenda is to sell salacious headlines - they are more desperate than ever for ‘attention grabbers’. I suppose what we are all mostly acknowledging - if we can agree - is that there is a strong smell of rat in this PR attack. As to the eventual outcome - my crystal ball is a little hazy.
  13. Thanks to JKD for the map work - establishing that the location / angle was genuine. Much appreciated! There are still multiple inconsistencies however - as noted. All we can hope for, is that the police respond in some fashion (eventually) and determine an outcome. If there isn’t an arrest and inconsistencies remain - then the shooting org’s should make great capital of this.
  14. Precisely! It is remarkably easy to establish who was shooting on a given piece of land at a particular time. This really does smell very rat-like. (p.s not many are convinced it was a crow. Let’s all forget that silly distraction.)
  15. Scully, I agree this video release has done some damage. Frankly I would rather it had been a bison....?! However it seems to have been reasonably limited to those Twitterers and Facebookers (for now) who were probably anti in the first place. What would make impactful headlines though - would be ‘RSPB Lied About Buzzard Shooting’ or similar. How about ‘RSPB looses Royal Patronage’. Could be a major victory....?! This really needs to be thoroughly investigated.
  16. There are now some interesting angles and questions on this - none of which involve any doubt that the the bird was a buzzard. However, there are several so called facts which, let’s say, don’t sit together easily. If it is phony, it will certainly back fire on the RSPB in a big way. Is it possible to gain clarity from the police constabulary in question or press the RSPB for answers re this rather strange case? Any legal beagles out there?
  17. No excuse for shooting a bird of prey - a crime against nature. But what a complete eejit for doing so next to a reserve...!! Hope he’s arrested by now.
  18. Hope nobody minds if I bang this drum again: We need to support Lord Botham via emails to MPs, the BBC etc. and also challenge in writing any ill informed ‘Packhamesque’ media that we stumble across. It’s easy enough via our various phones / tablets these days. If he’s prepared to stick his neck out - we should contribute.
  19. Sorry about the link. It wasn’t doing this earlier. Here is the Telegraph article by Lord Botham: I won't let the bleeding heart eco-woke ride roughshod over our countryside. My mission in the House of Lords is to stand up for ordinary rural folk like me'When I heard I was to be proposed to sit in the House of Lords, I was more surprised than anything else (or anyone else, perhaps). A mate said: “What the heck are you going to do there, Beefy?”'Here’s my plan. I want to speak up for the ordinary folk like me who were born and raised in and around rural Britain and who in many cases still owe it their livelihood and quality of life. Is that a bit simplistic? Doesn’t everyone love the countryside and what it represents? Well, no. People who live in the cities and love coming into the countryside to enjoy everything it offers – walks, hikes, rivers, lakes and, of course, the hospitality of country pubs – have no idea of the war that is raging in the countryside. And it is war.'I’m sure you have heard of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (the RSPB). It raises millions of pounds, mostly from well-intentioned donors who I doubt have much idea of the goals and tactics of this eco-woke group. I caused a bit of a stir some time back when I noted that the latest RSPB fundraising leaflet had a picture of a baby seal on the front cover. I wondered aloud what on earth a baby seal has to do with the protection of birdlife.'The RSPB relentlessly campaigns against the people who do the real work of managing nature and looking after the well-being of many endangered birds – farmers and gamekeepers. The RSPB seems to hate these folk. These are the men and women who rise before dawn and spend most of their working hours outside in woods and fields and moors trying to improve the countryside habitat. Want to talk about biodiversity? No end of studies have shown that their labours improve woodland, increase the number of bird and animal species and add to plant growth.'Gamekeepers work on shoots, of course. But putting out seed for pheasants gives our farmland birds – yellowhammers, lapwing and corn buntings – their winter feasts, without which we won’t be seeing them again. Gamekeepers and farmers do the woodland management that stops the canopy of branches closing in. Without that thinning, the light struggles to reach the ground. And so die the shrubs and bushes – the homes of our woodland birds and butterflies.'I don’t actually think most of my urban friends know all this. But ask anyone in the country pub or down the post office and they will tell you.'Ranged against these country folk are a handful of grim eco-warriors led by the RSPB and the likes of the BBC’s Chris Packham. Packham was “delighted” when he managed to get farmers banned from shooting crows and wood pigeons during last year’s breeding season. Crows love nothing better than to peck out the eyes of newborn lambs. Did you know that? I’ve seen it. Pigeons love to eat the seeds of the new crop. Farmers had to stand by helplessly as their sheep were attacked and the crops plundered. The corvids also like nothing better than to attack and kill the songbirds which normal RSPB members – like the rest of us – love to see outside the kitchen door on the bird table.'Packham and the RSPB seem to be determined to stop pheasant shooting, so they use the urban courts to tie the farmers and gamekeepers in red tape. How’s it going for the birds and other wildlife? Not well, I’m afraid. For years the RSPB has been attacking the ancient practice of burning heather during damp winters. Britain’s gamekeepers use such controlled activity to reduce the risk of summer wildfires – just like indigenous people in Australia and North America.'The scarring of Saddleworth Moor was a warning of what happens when vegetation grows too tall. It didn’t get much coverage on the BBC, but let me assure you it was heartbreaking. Just like the images you see in California or New South Wales but right on our backdoor with hundreds of birds and four-legged creatures burned alive.'Yet despite knowing what wildfires do to wildlife the RSPB demands a ban on managed burns. Why? Could it be because they are used by the gamekeepers it detests? As a result the rules have become tighter and fewer winter burns are taking place. When the inevitable wildfires happen next summer whom will you blame?'So eco-woke campaigners are a nightmare for nature. But at least when they manage land they must have a great record at protecting wildlife? Well, they have a record. But do they want it talked about?'When in September the Government revealed the RSPB had failed – yet again – to manage hen harrier nests, the charity accused officials of being misleading. But the evidence is plain … while RSPB nests don’t succeed, those on grouse moors are producing record numbers of fledged hen harrier chicks. The “P” in RSPB is a misnomer … they don’t protect, they politicise.'I want to be the voice in this historic House that draws attention to this scandal. Here’s one example.'In the far North, the Orkney Islands used to be the crown jewels of Britain’s birdlife. But under the grip of the RSPB in 2010 stoats got a toehold on the islands. The RSPB ignored advice on how to prevent them eliminating birds. Ten years of inept management later and the stoats run riot. Endangered birds suffer and the RSPB is having to use £6 million of public money and 20,000 lethal traps to try to kill all the stoats. Rare birds are being killed and the RSPB appears to have no idea – and I would say, no real interest in – how to turn the disastrous situation around.'It is eight years since the RSPB stopped publishing figures for how many birds it has on its reserves. Why do you think that is?'It’s time for the countryside to get a voice. Let the people who live and work there have a say, not the metropolitans and the BBC. So that’s my answer to my aforementioned pal. That’s what I want to do in the noble House: represent the ordinary folk who depend on the countryside.'
  20. Just tap on the link at the top of this thread. Should open to the article......hopefully....?
  21. The article generated many Telegraph on line comments. The majority were highly supportive. There were a minority few critics, who ironically, typified the eco-woke ignorance which Lord Botham raised concerns about. One for example stated that grouse moors were devoid of any wildlife but grouse....etc. etc. Refreshingly these were largely corrected and outnumbered by positive comments. Our biggest threat is public ignorance. There needs to be a concerted high profile campaign - to raise awareness of the ‘real countryside’ and the enormous net wildlife gain which shooting brings. Perhaps this could be it....??!! The least we can do, as non celebrities, is to show public support for Lord Botham via emails to MPs, the BBC etc. and also by responding to any ill informed ‘Packhamesque’ media that we happen upon.
  22. Ian Botham has set out his stall - in support of country sports- after gaining peerage. Here is the Telegraph article. Hope the link works: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/11/14/wont-let-bleeding-heart-eco-woke-ride-roughshod-countryside/
  23. The GLs, and the need for them, have been much more misunderstood by antis over the years (especially in recent times) than by those who shoot. Of course we all need to comply re conditions - but don’t forget to enjoy the ‘sporting birds’. There’s nothing mentioned in the licence about smiling after a good shot.
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