The End of the Season

To absolutely everybody involved, we hope that you all have had a great shooting season, which by all accounts has gone very well.

The demand for shooting continues on an upward trajectory with a much wider cross section of participants and more people wanting to be involved each year. This is a real strength of our sport and it seems every year we educate more newcomers than the previous year.

Throughout the season, there is no doubt the issue of dead game will have come up numerous times, this is an important topic and an opportunity to help people less fortunate. However, there is a committed group of individuals and organisations doing their bit. To name just a few:

  • Game for Giving in Scotland coordinated by Lianne MacLennan

Every professional game dealer whether a one-man band or employing many, every game tasting event, chefs well known or otherwise promoting game should be applauded.

Events to look forward to shortly…

The Game Farmers’ Association AGM at 11am – 3pm on Friday 23rd February 2018n at The Union Jack Club, (Gascoigne Suite) – Sandell Street, London SE1 8UJ.

The attendance seems to increase year on year with GFA members from all over the country turning up to hear matters relating to political, health & welfare and PR issues.

John Fitzgerald who retired from RUMA in October is talking about Antibiotic Reduction.

If you are a GFA member and wish to attend with or without a guest, please contact Harriet (secretary@gfa.org.uk) to book a place that includes a delicious lunch.

 

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The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust are holding a new conference “GAME 18” for Game and Wildlife Managers at Fordingbridge, Hampshire on Thursday 1st March.

Topics to include…

  • Current research at GWCT
  • Antibiotics and Gamebirds – Mark Elliott BVSc, MRCVS
  • Game Cover management – how to deal with ‘exotic’ weeds – rogue millets, amaranth and thorn apple – Richard Barnes Kings Crops
  • Traps and trapping – politics and practicality
  • Living with protected predators – NE and Austin Weldon GWCT Advisor
  • Also, making presentations are Dr Mike Swan – Roger Draycott both from GWCT with other really interesting speakers all directly involved in our sport.

For further information please contact Lynda Ferguson on – 01425 651013 (or) iferguson@gwct.org.uk

Thank you again to everybody that made this season so successful. The keepers, the guns, the beaters and the landowners. And anybody else involved!

 

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