BASC’s head of conservation Caroline Bedell discusses why taking a zero tolerance stance on raptor persecution is imperative for the future of shooting.
Newton Rigg College is a campus in Penrith, which is part of Askham Bryan College. The game and wildlife department there is currently celebrating its 25th year of operations and I was delighted to be invited to experience first-hand what life is like for the game and wildlife students.
As we all know, getting a gun that fits properly will help your shooting in leaps and bounds. However, when it comes to rifles, we often neglect this important aspect which can lead to some bad habits creeping in that will affect your accurate shooting.
BASC’s most advanced shooting simulator has had a busy 2019. Travelling the length and breadth of the country, it has provided educational enjoyment to dozens of shows and events.
People can improve both their shooting and shoot management skills at a course run by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT). A Shooting for the Future course will be held at Ripley Castle in North Yorkshire on 8th and 9th May. The first day will concentrate on shooting and the second day on shoot management. The shooting element of the course is designed to improve technique and success in the field and caters for all skill levels. The habitat management day will help to maximise the broader conservation benefits of game management and will be of interest to anybody who is involved in managing a pheasant shoot. On the first day there will be a number of practical activities including a shooting skill exercise, range-judging and a patterning workshop. The afternoon session will focus on how to improve your shooting. BASC-accredited shotgun coaches will help participants work on their shooting skills and give them an introduction to the ST-2 shotgun simulator. Day two will start with a presentation on guidelines to help shoots to maintain the health and welfare of their birds. The presentation will be followed by a visit to a shoot to see how to put the guidelines into practice. Each two-day course will cost £120 for BASC and GWCT members and £170 for non-members, to include the cost of clays, cartridges, lunch and refreshments. A single day will cost £65 for members and £100 for non-members. Places are limited, book now. For more information and to book, visit www.gwct.org.uk or phone the GWCT on 01425 651013. For other information call BASC on 01244 573018 or click here. ENDS
More people are being asked to come forward to train as airgun coaches under a new coaching award run by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). David Ilsley from BASC said: “The award is not about teaching you how to shoot, it’s about teaching you how to teach others to shoot. It is very important that the modern airgun coach is equipped to provide training in a variety of situations and ensure high standards in shooting.” The award is made up of five modules, delivered through a training programme developed by BASC. The modules focus on safety, instructional techniques, airgun ballistics, risk assessment and range conducting. Two days’ training will be followed by a day’s assessment. For more information about becoming a BASC airgun coach, email Nick Lane or click here. BASC currently has a team of more than 40 airgun coaches and has already received more than 60 enquiries about the new award. BASC is also offering to sponsor club competitions at airgun clubs. David Ilsley added: “We will provide you with prizes and material for one club competition which we would ideally like to be open to non-club members too.” For more information email David Ilsley.