Shoot for the futurePeople 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 or phone the GWCT on 01425 651013. For other information call BASC on 01244 573018 or click here.