People can improve both their shooting and shoot management skills at a course run by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) later this month.
The Shooting for the Future course will be held at the GWCT’s Allerton Project research farm at Loddington in Leicestershire on 26 and 27 September, focusing on shooting on the first day and shoot management on the second.
The shooting element of the course is designed to improve technique and success in the field and caters for all skill levels. The habitat management day will help to maximise the broader conservation benefits of game management and will be of interest to anybody who is involved in managing a pheasant shoot.
Practical activities including a shooting skill exercise, range-judging and a patterning workshop will take place on the first day. The afternoon session will concentrate on how to improve your shooting. BASC-accredited shotgun coaches will spend two to three hours with each group, working on their individual shooting skills. Participants will also be given an introduction to the ST-2 shotgun simulator.
Day two will start with a presentation on guidelines to help shoots to maintain the health and welfare of their birds. A visit to a shoot to see how to put the guidelines into practice will follow the presentation.
The two-day course will cost £120 for BASC and GWCT members and £170 for non-members, to include the cost of clays, cartridges, lunch and refreshments. A single day will cost £65 for members and £100 for non-members.
Places are limited, so please book now at www.gwct.org.uk or phone the GWCT on 01425 651013. For other information, call BASC on 01244 573018 or visit http://basc.org.uk/basc-training-courses/shooting-for-the-future/