i dont think there is any sensible reason to most of our laws regarding hunting, scottish roe deer are weak little things compared too our bullet proof english ones, fine to shoot ducks one side of the river on a sunday but not the other, foxes no protection to speak of badgers and otters untill...
i think thermals are sort of cheating, they make sporting easy. but you still have to get within a sensible distance. i once stalked a black birds nest on a fallen tree, i was sure it was a muntys head above the log
i sort of get your point but with so many people using non lead rifle ammo and getting good results, shot gun seems to be a different story if you want to stretch the distance. do you actually enjoy eating things that may contain lead? its not the same as smoking or drinking.
new green grant coming in april, if the same applies as we got last year half the price of install up to 5g covered plus we get £270 back a quarter for running it for 7 years. with our solar our costs after 7 years will be very low