2016-04-08   facebook twitter rss

Shooting for the Future

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) are joining together with BASC to provide a two day course in shoot management and shooting techniques.

Based at the GWCT’s Allerton Project in Leicestershire, the two organisations are due to once again deliver this successful course. The shooting element of this course is intended for anybody who shoots, and is designed to improve technique and therefore success in the field. The second day will focus on habitat management, helping anybody who is releasing pheasants for shooting, whether DIY or professional shoot managers.


The first day concentrates on shooting techniques. The day will start with an interactive session discussing the issues surrounding poor performance in the field and the factors responsible for it. There will then be a number of practical activities including a shooting skills exercise, range-judging and a patterning workshop. The afternoon session will focus on how to shoot better within your capabilities; BASC shotgun coaches will spend two to three hours with each group working on their individual shooting skills.

During the morning presentations of day two, issues discussed will focus on best practice guidelines, utilising predator control and planting the optimal cover crops. This information will help shoots to maintain the health and welfare of their birds, ensuring good returns and high quality sport. This will be followed by an afternoon visit to a working shoot, to see hands-on how to put the guidelines into practice.

The course will also cover recent GWCT research, such as the guidelines for gamebird releasing.

A previous attendee says:
“The high standard of presentations and coaching reinforced my opinion that conservationists and game shooters are very well represented by GWCT and BASC, who do so much for the environment and their membership, which is open to all.”


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link Shooting Saves Lives
link GWCT Scottish Demonstration Farm
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link Scotland Needs More Trees