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There is no minimum age for applying for a shotgun certificate . . .
Hundreds of children aged 13 and under have shotgun certificates in England and Wales, Home Office figures reveal.
There were a total of 313 youngsters in that age group who held the documents as of April this year.
The statistics were not broken down further, but freedom of information requests have previously revealed that certificates have been issued to children as young as eight.
This looks very much like an attack on British shooting. Good habits can be learned early. There's no need for a minimum age for a child to hold a British shotgun certificate.
originally posted by: DAVID64
a reply to: Jonjonj
It can and will teach maturity and responsibility that can be used in all aspects of their lives. And shooting is fun. If the kids want to learn, let them learn.
is profoundly ignorant.
There are very few places in mainland Britain where hunting with shotguns is allowed . . .
There are now more deer in the UK than at any time since the last Ice Age.
What we are advocating isn't removing deer from the countryside - what we are advocating is trying to get on top of the deer population explosion
Dr Paul Dolman, University of East Anglia
In the absence of natural predators deer populations are continuing to expand, threatening biodiversity and causing road traffic accidents and crop damage
In recent years there has been a growth in the number of reports of accidents involving deer on the road network in England. The cause of this rise is believed to be growing deer populations and changing distributions combined with increased road traffic.
. . . the deer vehicle collision (DVC) issue . . .
. . . the number of DVC occurring in Britain each year is likely to be over 42,000 and possibly as high as 74,000. Some 80% of these DVC occur in England.
With a lack of natural predators in the UK, the role of human control becomes more important. An estimated 350,000 deer are culled each year.
Around half of the UK's growing deer population needs to be shot each year to stop devastation of woodlands and birdlife, a group of scientists says.
In England, deer shooting must be done with a calibre of at least .240" with a minimum of 1,700 FPE. In practical terms this means the .243 Winchester calibre although .308 Win, 6.5x55 Swede and .270 Rem are also popular, especially among stalkers of the larger species such as Fallow and Red. One point to note is that if you want a single rifle to shoot deer and fox or shoot in a particularly windy area, the HO Guidance to the Police says you may choose a 6mm or 6.5mm calibre rifle.
In Scotland Roe may be shot with a minimum of a 50 grain bullet travelling at least 2,450 FPS to give 1,000 FPE which in practical terms means a minimum of .222 Rem calibre. For other deer species, a minimum of a 100 grain bullet travelling at 2,450 FPS giving 1,750 FPE is required.
every field was eaten back from the edges. When the disease hit the whole countryside smelt of death. Now numbers are not as high but rabbit population control is essential, this is relevant to farming children using shotguns.
a highly infectious and usually fatal viral disease of rabbits, causing swelling of the mucous membranes and inflammation and discharge around the eyes.
The woodpigeon (Columba palumbus) is both the UK’s major agricultural bird pest and one of the most popular species providing sporting shooting. It is legal to shoot the bird all the year round under the current general licence arangements. The woodpigeon makes good eating and provides nourishing cheap food . . .