Goose shooting is a traditional and highly-valued recreation for many people. If carried out responsibly it brings sustainable economic benefits to rural areas and helps prevent damage to crops.
High standards underpin public and political support for shooting, now and in the future. Through good conservation we can all work to ensure plentiful quarry species while benefiting the wider environment
The code provides advice at two levels:
Advice that must be followed in order to deliver sustainable shooting – unless otherwise stated the term ‘must’ only applies to meeting the standards set by this Code of Practice and does not refer to a legal obligation.
Advice that should be followed in order to achieve Best Practice, any deviation from which would need justification.
The following Golden Rules apply:
- All who shoot should conduct themselves according to the law and to the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship and courtesy, with full respect for their quarry, and a practical interest in wildlife conservation.
- Agents and guides must make their clients aware of the law concerning goose shooting.
- A bag limit of five pink-feet or two greylag geese per gun per shooting session should be observed.