A national lockdown is in force in Northern Ireland.
BASC has received clarification that recreational shooting is permitted in Northern Ireland during the current Covid-19 restrictions.
Rough shooting, game shooting, deerstalking and wildfowling can take place on an individual basis, with members of your own household or your bubble, or with one person from another household. Driven shooting and shooting in groups, is not permitted.
There is a strong Stay at Home message from the Northern Ireland Executive which is now legally enforceable. You must not leave your home unless you have a reasonable excuse (for example, for exercise, work or education purposes). You should not travel more than 10 miles from your home in order to take exercise.
All non-essential retail have closed and click and collect facilities are not permitted. However, delivery is permitted.
Shooting-related essential work is permitted and travelling to carry out this essential work is permitted. This includes essential bird and mammal pest control to protect crops or livestock such as the shooting and trapping of pest bird species under general licence; the management of rodents and rabbits; deer management as part of a plan agreed with and requested by the landowner; and game management or gamekeeping activities such pest/predator control and habitat management.
Some of the restrictions are law through regulation, while others are guidance. Everyone is legally required to comply with the regulations.