Three things to try this season


It’s a line that we’ve all probably heard and read 1,000 times recently, but the last 18 months have really been tough.

For a lot of BASC members the arrival of the shooting seasons is much anticipated.

By now some of us will be well into the swing of it, with others still looking forward in earnest to the first day they get out into the field with friends four-legged and two alike.

With last season’s stop-start-stop uncertainty it was one to remember for all the wrong reasons. Here’s hoping that this year will bring us normality.

So, with a new season comes renewed energy. With this in mind, why not try something new this year?

Try taking a friend

Think about inviting a friend to come shooting or beating. They might end up loving it as much as you do or, at the very least, see why you choose to spend your Saturdays standing in muddy fields in soggy jackets! Just make sure you tell them it’ll be more fun than it sounds…

With 1.6 million Britons going shooting each year, and 97 per cent saying it improves their wellbeing, shooting returns a huge personal value.

It is an opportunity to help us grow our social network and help others understand the important role shooting plays both for the environment and the economy.

If you are a BASC member and if you introduce a friend to BASC, you will both be entered into a draw to win a Browning B725 shotgun, Sako rifle, BSA air rifle or a three-night stay for two people with breakfast at a luxury country hotel. 

Find out more about our Member Get A Member draw here.

Try a new recipe

It can be all to easy to stick to the same bank of recipes over the winter months and then wonder why we get bored eating pheasant stew all season. Fear not; the new Eat Game website has arrived.

The site is full of recipes to help renew your love for cooking game. From using game in everyday staples such as goujons, hotdogs and lasagnes, to impressive dinner-party showstoppers or canapés.

Why not invite some friends over for a game night? Whether your style is venison burgers or three-bird Wellington, your guests will love it.

Eat game on shoot days, too. Try a pheasant curry in the slow cooker for lunch or venison sausage rolls at elevenses.

For many of us, eating and cooking with game is ‘normal’, so let’s help others get there, too.

Try a few new game recipes this season

Try non-toxic shot

We’re now two years into the voluntary move away from lead ammunition and this season the perfect time to give sustainable ammunition a go.

It may be that you choose to try some out on clays first or take some non-lead cartridges to use on one of your game days to see how you get on.

There are a variety of cartridges on the market and combinations to suit most guns. If you’re not sure what cartridges your gun can shoot, you can check the proof marks of your gun here.

Alternatively, contact a member of your BASC regional team who will be happy to help, or speak to your local gun shop.

By moving away from lead shot, you will be helping to safeguard shooting for future generations.

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