Has anyone else had a look through the "Value of shooting" report that's just been published? If you're interested, here's a link to the report on the BASC website, although it doesn't include access to all the data: http://basc.org.uk/wp-content/plugin...oad.php?id=744
A lot will be made of the economic value of shooting sports, but the statistic that I retain from this is that 62% of all edible quarry shot is eaten by those who shot it or provided the shooting, with about half that much going to gamedealers. So most people eat what they shoot, which is something heartening, it means that most people can justify their activity to the general public (and themselves) because they eat the products.
The stats I'd like to see are more around the type and scale of shooting that people do. I suspect that most shooters are involved in small-scale, DIY or informal shooting that doesn't involve vast financial resources. But the side of shooting that's visible to the world at large is mostly just big-scale driven shooting at vast expense. It would be good to make the point that it's not all the domain of plutocrats and bankers....