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Swarovski Optik Fieldsports Photographer of the Year competition open for entries

Could you be 2021’s Fieldsports Photographer of the Year? The industry’s most hotly-contested photography competition is now open for entries with over £3,000 worth of prizes to be won.

We are delighted to announce that leading optics brand Swarovski Optik will be sponsoring the annual Fieldsports Photographer of the Year competition for 2021. Now into its ninth year, the industry’s most hotly-contested photography competition is set to gain more attention and entries than ever before. We want to unearth the outstanding photography that showcases the very best of fieldsports as well as highlight the talent that is out there – those of you who capture and convey the...

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Top things to see and do at The Game Fair 2021



After last year’s cancellation, The Game Fair will be bigger and better than ever this summer, the wide array of family-friendly features and attractions ensuring that there is something for everyone. Returning to familiar territory, Europe’s largest outdoor countryside festival will be held at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire. Around 120,000 visitors are expected to be there across three days from Friday 23 July to Sunday 25 July. The Shooting Line The Game Fair boasts the most...

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Visit Fieldsports Journal at The Game Fair this summer



Fieldsports Journal is going to The Game Fair! After over a year of lockdowns, come and celebrate with us this summer at Ragley Hall from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 July at stand J697 on Gunmakers’ Row.   We will be joined our sister title, Gundog Journal, who is one of the main sponsors of the Gundog Village this year, and exclusive show-only subscription offers will be available for both publications throughout the duration of the event.   You will be able to take home the latest...

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Young Shot scholarships



To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Royal Berkshire Shooting School (RBSS), which is part of James Purdey & Sons, three lucky youngsters have been offered a special, money-can't-buy Young Shot scholarship worth over £1,000 each to get them ready for the 2021/2022 shooting season. The three Young Shots are: Harry Blundell aged 14 Hattie Gibson aged 12 Wilbur Kitson aged 14 These Young Shots will each receive four shooting lessons at the award-winning RBSS (one of...

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Survey shows how much grouse shooters spend



Grouse shooting visitors to Scotland spent over £3,500 per person last season before a shot was even fired. The statistics come from a visitor survey undertaken jointly by Scotland’s regional moorland groups and The Scottish Gamekeepers Association. Survey papers were completed on 22 grouse shooting estates, helping to quantify the level of visitor spend in remote rural communities adversely affected by Covid-19 constraints. Despite a lack of overseas shooters because of global...

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Rod licence figures soared in 2020



Between 13 May, when the restrictions were lifted, and 9 June 2020, over 335,000 fishing licences were sold compared to 142,000 licences sold from the start of the year to end of March 2020, a rise of over 230 per cent in less than two months. This also represents a rise of over 200,000 more than the same period in 2019. The Environment Agency and the sport’s governing body, the Angling Trust, believe the rise was due to existing anglers embracing the opportunity to start fishing again,...

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The future could be bright



The Missing Salmon Alliance Atlantic Salmon are in crisis. Since 1985, the number of returning Atlantic salmon has dropped from 8-10million fish to less than 3million, and there are no signs of this decline abating. The Missing Salmon Alliance (MSA) is a collaboration between the Atlantic Salmon Trust (AST), Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC), the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), and the Angling Trust (AT). Playing as a team to each partner’s strengths, the Alliance is...

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Key scientific reports shine light on value of heather burning



Collated by the Uplands Partnership, the research on key issues including carbon storage, water quality, biodiversity and wildlife reveals that conclusions drawn from previous science are now out of date and should not be used as the basis for key political decisions on the management of peatland. The dossier comprises of four reports from university researchers and scientists and focuses on the evidence surrounding the use of controlled burning to help restore, maintain and improve...

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The Great Fieldsports Journal Giveaway

Fancy winning over £6,700 worth of fieldsports products? Then enter our biggest ever giveaway now.

We have teamed up with 25 leading brands for our biggest ever giveaway, where one lucky person will win a monumental fieldsports prize collection worth more than £6,700! As part of this massive prize haul, the winner of The Great Fieldsports Giveaway will receive a pre-season one-to-one shooting lesson with top instructor Simon Ward at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School, as well as an overnight stay for themselves and a guest at the award-winning Royal Oak in Yattendon, Berkshire, with all...

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New CCI Eco clay launched



In response to the outlawing of certain chemicals and contaminants, clay manufacturer CCI International has launched its revolutionary Eco clay target. Made of natural materials, it has been officially certified as environmentally friendly and free of PAH (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) by Bureau Veritas. Under REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) authorisation provisions Annex XIV, coal tar pitch was banned for use in the manufacture of clay...

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Inventor of Gore-Tex, Bob Gore, dies



Born in Utah, the chemical engineer’s lab experiments with a polymer unwittingly led to the creation of the billion-dollar membrane. The sad news prompted outdoor clothing brands to reflect on how Gore-Tex has changed the country clothing market. Simon Esnouf from Outfit International, the UK distributor for Härkila and Seeland, commented: “Back in the day when a shooting coat was made of waxed cotton and you just put up with the questionable waterproofing, the cold, the stiffness and...

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Swarovski Fieldsports Photographer of the Year 2020 Results

The final standings for the fieldsports industry’s most hotly contested photographic competition

It’s that time of year again when we build up our anticipation for what we hope will be yet another wonderful shooting season, filled with many a great day in the field – whether beating, loading, picking-up, possibly documenting with a camera, running the game cart or, if you’re really lucky, standing on a peg with gun in hand. But for us at Fieldsports HQ, when we would love to be donning tweeds and heading for the grouse moors or for the first days on the partridge, it’s also the...

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Wild Justice wants gamebird releasing near protected areas banned



The campaigners claim the annual release of 47 million pheasants and 10 million red-legged partridges is “unlawful” without a proper assessment of the ecological impacts the gamebirds have on Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs). Although birds are not allowed to be directly released on these areas without permission, they are allowed to be released nearby. Wild Justice’s Dr Mark Avery explained they are calling for a 5km buffer zone: “Pheasants...

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Where have our salmon gone?



The population of wild salmon in the Atlantic has fallen from 8-10 million fish in the mid 1980s to 2-3 million today. It’s therefore more important than ever that we understand what is happening to this iconic species on their journey to sea, and identify who or what is responsible for their decline. In 2018, the Atlantic Salmon Trust (AST) and its partners, Marine Scotland and Glasgow University, set up The Moray Firth Tracking Project – the most ambitious tagging and tracking project...

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Fieldsports Journal ups green credentials yet more



Fieldsports Journal is proud to continually push the envelope when it comes to sustainability in the countryside media sector. After scrutinising our supply chain, we were the first to scrap single use polywrap packaging and now we are leading the charge once again by becoming carbon and climate neutral. To that end the bi-monthly’s publisher Fieldsports Press recently selected a new printer - Park Communications – which is considered the UK’s most eco-friendly and offer carbon neutral...

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Country Food Trust hits target of supporting 1,000 charities



The Country Food Trust (CFT) has announced it has now supported over 1,000 charities tackling food poverty across the UK. Founded in 2015, the CFT manufactures microwavable game meat ready meals sealed in a retort pouch so it can be stored for a year without chilling. Options include spicy pheasant curry and warming pheasant casserole. To date the CFT has produced over 320,000 meals, which have been donated either directly to people in need, or to charities who feed people in need or through...

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The Results

The winning images of the Leica Fieldsports Photographer of the Year 2019 competition.

Now into its sixth consecutive year, the Leica Fieldsports Photographer of the Year competition has cemented itself as the industry’s most hotly contested photography competition. With seven categories – Big Game, Fishing, Game Shooting, Gundogs, Hunting to Hounds, Miscellaneous Sport and Scotland – and the largest ever prize fund of £7,500 (including cash), we saw entries surge past previous records. However, with an increased number of entries comes an even harder challenge for our...

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Issue VII – Guest Edited by Peter Glenser QC

A new direction for the title.

Volume II of Fieldsports Journal celebrates its first anniversary by taking on another exciting new direction by handing the reins over to a guest editor for the very first time. In the chair for the October/November issue is former Chairman of BASC and lifelong country sports enthusiast Peter Glenser QC. Throughout the issue there are a number of topical opinion pieces, one of which Peter shares what are, in his view, the biggest threats to our sports and the country way of life which are...

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Five reasons to visit Fieldsports Journal at The Game Fair

Along with endless shopping lists, people to see, food to try and demonstrations to watch, here is just a handful of the many reasons to stop by the Fieldsports Press stand (N1501) at The Game Fair at Hatfield House (26-28 July).

1. Take home the latest copies of Fieldsports Journal – including the August/September grouse shooting special hot off the press – along with the full range of our new sister titles Gundog Journal and Scottish Sporting Journal.     2. Enjoy driven boar shooting in a virtual world, hosted by Aim Point with their innovative VR system which will be set up on our stand. Plus, should you set the highest score of the day, you will be rewarded with a first place prize of a...

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Launching at The Game Fair

Ten exciting new products for the country sports enthusiast that are set to steal the attention at at The Game Fair 2019.

With more than 900 exhibitors, The Game Fair is one of the biggest shopping events of the year for the countryside sector. Returning this year to Hatfield House in Hertfordshire from 26–28 July, the annual festival of the Great British countryside is a perfect platform for retailers to launch new products. Here, are 10 favourites… Brogue Ankle Boots – from The Spanish Boot Company £245 Tan in colour and featuring a Goodyear-welted leather sole and brogue detailing, these boots,...

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General Licences – an update

29/04/2019

On Tuesday, 23 April, following a legal challenge by activist group Wild Justice, Natural England (NE) suspended three general licences (GL 04/05/06), under which 16 bird species could be legally controlled in England. Since then, there has been much confusion in the fieldsports community about what this means and how the situation is being rectified. The ability to control several species of wild birds – including carrion crows, magpies and woodpigeons – to prevent serious damage or...

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Leica Fieldsports Photographer of the Year Competition

Now into its sixth year, the definitive annual photography competition for the fieldsports industry is back, and with seven categories and £7,500-worth of prizes – including cash – it is bigger and better than ever! 

From the ethereal flutter of a mayfly dun at first light, a roaring stag stood proud above a craggy Cairngorm horizon to a woodcock scything through the frozen January air… part of the allure and magic of all of our country sports is, unquestionably, the imagery and inherent beauty associated with them.  It is our aim to unearth the outstanding photography that showcases the very best of our country sports both in the UK and further afield. It also aimed to highlight the talent that is...

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The right thing to do...

Fieldsports is the first country pursuits title to send out publications in recycled, fully recyclable cardboard packaging. Owner Simon K. Barr shares his thoughts.

As a lifelong consumer of countless hunting, shooting and fishing magazines from around the world, the wanton waste in the publishing sector doesn’t sit well with me. My first step since acquiring Fieldsports was to swap the magazine’s plastic polywrap cover for a recycled and fully recyclable cardboard envelope. Yes, this increases cost, but as a dedicated and focused country pursuits publisher, we genuinely care about our environmental footprint.     We are a team of...

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Fibre for fieldsports

We launch the ‘Fibre for Fieldsports’ (#fibreforfieldsports) campaign, which aims to completely phase out the use of plastic wad cartridges for game shooting.

Did you know that two plastic cartridge wads are equivalent in weight to a standard plastic carrier bag? In line with recent efforts at Fieldsports to go about our business in a more responsible and sustainable way – swapping plastic in our supply chain for recyclable alternatives wherever possible – comes the launch of the ‘Fibre for Fieldsports’ (#fibreforfieldsports) campaign, which aims to completely phase out the use of plastic wad cartridges for game shooting. As responsible...

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