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ROI Control of Certain Wild Bird Species – Consultation on 2020-2021 Derogations

The current declarations by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht allowing for the control of certain wild bird species are due to expire on 30 April 2020.   These declarations are made by the Minister in exercising the powers conferred on her by Section 3 of the European Communities…

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Advanced Marksmanship Course

The Irish Deer Commission will deliver an Advanced Marksmanship Course, for its members on Saturday, November 30th, 2019 at An Riocht Rifle and Pistol Range, Co Kerry. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. The course will be delivered by renowned Professional Scottish Deer Manager and Shooting Instructor,…

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AFBI Deer Survey starts today

You will most likely be aware of the current bTB epidemic in cattle in Northern Ireland. The eradication programme for bTB costs and estimated £40 million per year, with an average of 1000 cattle culled each month. But despite these large-scale eradication efforts, bTB remains a huge problem for the…

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Brexit – Travelling with Firearms

In the event that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a ratified withdrawal agreement, there will be some implications in relation to Ireland and licenced firearms. Material on this topic is available on the website of the Department of Justice and Equality http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/Brexit_-_Firearms_and_Explosives. Given the United Kingdom’s intention…

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PROPOSAL TO RESTRICT LEAD IN ALL AMMUNITION REQUESTED BY EUROPEAN COMMISSION

The European Commission (EC) has requested the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to prepare a restriction proposal addressing the risk to wildlife and humans (via the consumption of game meat) from lead in all ammunition (shot and bullets) including target shooting. Lead in fishing weights is also included in the request. The EC’s…

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Take part in the 2019 Game Shooting Census or Shoot Owner Census

We are urging all our members and supporters to take part in the 2019 Game Shooting Census or Shoot Owner Census by GunsOnPegs and Lycetts. The Game Shooting Census and Shoot Owner Census have monitored trends within our sector for the past few years and produced some very interesting results.…

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Randalstown & District Game Conservation Society Raise £850 for charity.

Randalstown & District Game Conservation Society, would like to extend a massive thanks to all the shooters who braved the weather and turned up on Friday 14th June for their charity shoot, in aid of the Northern Ireland Childrens Hospice.   Results: 30 bird sporting 1st Liam McDonnell 27/30 2nd Tim…

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Wildfowling Opportunity Lough Neagh

Wildfowling Opportunity 25/6/2019 Applications have now been forwarded to the group for consideration Thank you to those who have expressed an interest and hopefully the group leader will be in contact shortly CAI have been contacted by one of our groups who are offering a number of opportunities for new members for…

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Lead ammunition and ECHA update

Lead ammunition and ECHA update Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) are continuing to work with other organisations including National Association of Regional Game Councils (NARGC), Irish Clay Target Shooting Association (ICTSA), Members for the Irish Gun Trade (IGT), FACE Ireland and UK as well as our colleagues at Countryside Alliance (CA)…

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