Coronavirus Advice


Alert Level 4 restrictions for all of Wales were reviewed on 19 February. 

People are expected to continue to stay at home; with travel only allowed for a reasonable excuse.

Outdoor shooting activities as a form of exercise are permissible. You may exercise outdoors with members of your household or support bubble, or with people from one other household, as long as the total number of people exercising is no more than 4 (excluding any carers or children under 11 from either of those households). Your exercise should start and finish from your home and generally, this must not involve people driving to a location away from home. 

Under Level 4 restrictions it is not a reasonable excuse to travel anywhere in Wales to take part in recreational shooting activities such as target shooting, deer stalking, wildfowling, rough shooting and driven game shooting.

Gathering for game shooting (including driven days) is illegal and therefore BASC insurance will not cover you in the event of an accident if you choose to partake in any of these activities.

Under Level 4 restrictions shooting-related essential work is permitted and it is a reasonable excuse to travel to carry out that essential work. 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 as looking after game birds, pest/predator control and habitat management.

It continues to be unlawful to travel to and from Scotland; and to travel to and from Northern Ireland; unless for essential reasons as outlined in the Welsh, Scottish and NI regulations. For more information visit the Scotland and NI sections of BASC’s coronavirus website.

Everyone shooting and travelling to shoot should consider the impact of their actions on the reputation of shooting.

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