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sickpup

licences

What licence do i need to hunt rabbit, squirrel, duck and goose? ive looked in the recommended resouces and found the natural england website but im not sure which licence i would need.
vegplot

Re: licences

sickpup wrote:
What licence do i need to hunt rabbit, squirrel, duck and goose? ive looked in the recommended resouces and found the natural england website but im not sure which licence i would need.


You don't. You simply need permission to shoot on the land and make sure the species is 'in season' and there are no ongoing restrictions (sometimes applied by DEFRA, cold weather avian flue etc.).

Have you looked at the BASC site?.

Quote:
Identifying your quarry is only one aspect of good shooting practice. There are many contributory factors, and understanding and applying them in the shooting field is very important, for several reasons. They will increase your success and enjoyment, keep you a responsible and considerate sportsman or sportswoman, and ensure any losses or wastage of shot birds and animals are kept to a minimum.

On the basis that you have the authority to shoot and are fulfilling all relevant legal requirements, then positively identifying your quarry is the first step. You should then take a shot only if you are sure:

it is safe to do so
the target is within your range
your gun/cartridge combination is appropriate for the type and size of quarry you are shooting
you are confident of hitting and killing the bird or animal
you will be able to recover the shot bird or animal and, as far as possible, put it to good use.
BASC has codes of practice for all types of shooting. You are encouraged to obtain those which relate to your type(s) of shooting and be guided by the information and advice given. Do also encourage your shooting friends and associates to do the same. For the good of the sport, do not tolerate bad practice, either of your own or in others.
sickpup

no not yet
vegplot

sickpup wrote:
no not yet


Make it your definitive guide.

http://www.basc.org.uk/
sickpup

so would i need a licence to hunt pheasant, ive been told that i would. I wouldnt hunt out of season.
vegplot

sickpup wrote:
so would i need a licence to hunt pheasant, ive been told that i would. I wouldnt hunt out of season.


Not any more, unless you're in Scotland.

http://www.basc.org.uk/content/game_licences_
sickpup

ive been on the basc website, it seems to have everything i need to know thank-you.
jag_clarke

u will need a firearms licence and they will need to know where you have been given permishion to shoot and what dangers there are eg footpaths. then the land owner signs it and police are happy. to trap them you would just need land owners permision, but you normally have to pay for shooting rights on the land owners land and also take responsibility for pests like rabits.
whitelegg1

The only one of those quarry that is really suitable for firearms is rabbits.....unless you have a serious goose problem on the ground (then possibly powerful rimfire or centrefire).

Squirrels can be shot with a rimfire on the ground, but there are safty issue if you try shooting them in the tree and miss!

Plenty of info on the BASC.

You can very easily end up with a cabinet full of different tools
Laughing

Pete
Brownbear

whitelegg1 wrote:

Squirrels can be shot with a rimfire on the ground, but there are safty issue if you try shooting them in the tree and miss!


Never, ever, ever fire a rifle at anything unless you can see the ground that the bullet will land in when you miss and when the bullet passes through the quarry and out the other side.

Ever.
dpack

yep hence my reluctance to take an ak to the bunnies
Brownbear

dpack wrote:
yep hence my reluctance to take an ak to the bunnies


Unless they're using hang gliders you should be fine with rifles and bunnies.
dpack

i was looking at the angles yesterday and most are wrong for anything that could bounce or go through
along the ditch is about the only safe backstops i can find as the land is flat but lumpy ,i can trim the scrub blackthorn problem but even at standing to shoot i recon most shots would be wrong with any weapon dangeroos above 200 yds even with the air gun im careful re what isnt behind bunnykins
30 feet up in the air is a different matter ,would my local fa officer be happy with a high seat ?recon bunny wouldnt .if a high seat is ok then lethal at 100m would be devastating rather than a problem
a shot gun might work as a bunny weapon but i cant abide the noise and i still would have the follow through probs in quite a few places
vegplot

FAOs prefer high seats. Again it's down to location and what the backstop is made of. With a high seat you are more likely to be shooting down into the ground. Hollow points are a must, not allow to ensure a clean kill but they don't ricochet nearly as much as solid bullets.
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