The Countryman's Weekly


August 05
07:04 2020

Reconnecting with a wider audience

by E. Flitcroft.

IT’S funny when you’re out in the field, sitting there waiting for something to happen, your mind begins to wander. I started thinking about the state of shooting and the constraints that have been applied over the years and the gradual and significant decline.

Having been a keen sportsman for years, I remember the struggle you had getting people back to the sport after the summer or winter break, there was always a percentage who did not return so you had to keep working to fill the teams and keep the club and sport running.

Is COVID-19 another nail in the coffin of shooting? Lockdown officially began on March 23, but several people I know in the ‘at risk’ category had stopped coming and competing before this date. Most of the county shows are not running and most shooting game fairs have gone the same way. Add to this the increased activity of the antis, and shooting could be in for a hard time.

We as the shooting fraternity seem to be fragmented and not supportive to each other. Consultations are carried out by the Government and various organisations such as BASC and CPSA who carry out lobbying activities as well as instigating campaigns for .50 rifles, police licencing and many other areas.


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