i have been reading the draft guidance to marksman in the proposed badger cull. i am not wanting to ignite a debate on the rights and wrongs of the cull, and would like some opinions regarding the use of Night Vision Scopes. The following paragraph is taken from the document:
Image intensifying (‘night sights’) or infra-red sighting devices used as sights on a rifle are prohibited under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and there is a presumption against them being licensed for this type of shooting because of safety considerations. An image intensifier may be useful, however, for scanning and spotting animals prior to shooting with a lamp, to reduce the disturbance from use of the spotlight. Searching for badgers with night-sights immediately prior to attempting to or actually killing them is likely to need a licence.
Am i right in thinking that night vision would make the shooting safer? would it allow the shooter to see everything rather than only what is in the spotlight? and i am fairly certain that the animal will not be disturbed by lights being put on them?