BASC chairman Peter Glenser QC has encouraged people to try something new and to introduce others to shooting sports now that the game season has come to a close.
Mr Glenser said there was scope for people to try different disciplines and offer an insight to others on shooting sports and its conservation benefits before the start of next season.
He said people should utilise the time to improve their skills and ensure high standards continue to be at the heart of what they do.
“Just because the game season has come to an end, it doesn’t mean we have to have to wait until next season to take part in shooting sports,” he said.
“Plans may already be underway for next season and in the meantime, people can use the time to make sure their skills are the best they can be and they can continue to be excellent ambassadors for the sport.
“People can still take part in deer stalking, pigeon shooting, wildfowling, clays and target shooting. If this is something you have never tried before, perhaps it is time to try something new. Get in touch with BASC if you want to find out how.”
Mr Glenser said the season that has just finished had been a ‘mixed bag’ for shooting sports.
He said he was “extremely proud” the association had reached 155,000 memberships at the heart of the season and of the efforts of sporting shooters to ensure that high standards are paramount.
“However, the issue of standards has brought shooting under the spotlight,” he added.
“Personal responsibility is key. We were able to alleviate some of the negativity by taking the opportunity to remind people that everyone involved in shooting should ensure they are a positive ambassador for the sport and that they should adhere to high standards, best practice and respect at all times.
“Shooting has faced numerous other challenges this season such a poor grouse season, Natural Resources Wales’ decision to ban pheasant shooting on public land and the Offensive Weapons Bill that is currently making its way through Parliament.
“But together we are stronger. We joined together to support those affected by the lack of grouse shooting and the consequent lack of business and income to some remote, fragile communities. We have joined forces with partner organisations to take a stand against NRW’s actions and we continue to lobby on the Offensive Weapons Bill.”
Mr Glenser added that the delicious tastes of game meat were something people could enjoy year-round.
“If you have any game meat left now the season has ended, how about introducing friends to the delicious tastes of game. Perhaps you could invite them round to enjoy a pheasant curry or partridge meatballs.
“Or you could encourage them to try venison sausages, pigeon pitta or lemon and herb crusted rabbit fritters.”