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Thread: Our sport is under attack!

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    Our sport is under attack!

    I had a strange questions asked of me last night by a telephonepolling company who were obviouslyworking for some pressure group or similar . The questions were “ do you thinkshooting and gun magazines should be 18 rated” and "Should shooting and gunmagazines be only sold from the top shelf i.e. as girlie magazines are”.
    Has anyone else been asked anything similar recently?

    Would be good to find out where this nonsense is coming from although I could guess.

    Just another reminder that the sport we all love is underattack!
    Alan

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    Hi, welcome to the site

    Can you please post a proper intro, thanks

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    CSL thanks for keeping me right!

    Ok I shoot and or fish 3-4 times per week and have done most of my 54 years. I am semi retired IT consultant these days working only 2-3 months per year which lets me feed my shooting addiction. Basically I am a shooting nut and proud of it. Yes I am divorced..... but that should not come as a surprise!

    Highlight of my shooting life was shooting 3100 doves in one day (>10,000 in four days!) in Argentina.

    I shoot pigeons and crows most weeks (>2500 each year) stalk Roe in Northumberland Sika and Red around Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands (>30 animals per year). I shoot driven pheasant and partridge in North Yorkshire and Lincoln (>30 days per year) and lamp "charlie" and rabbits around the 27 farms I have access to around Northumberland.

    I also drill holes in targets at Ponteland and Otterburn ranges once a month just to bond with my rifles of which I own a .22 (Anschutz) .22-250 (Tika T3) .243 (Sauer) and .308 (Mauser M 03), all are left handed. Optics are all schmidt and bender - even on my .22 (yes I know that is mad!).

    Had a charmed life; from humble beginings I have made a few bob and intend to spend the lot on shooting and fishing before I am too old to spend it on my kids. FYI I shoot 2-3 days per week most weeks with my best friend and shooting mentor who is now 82 year old. I just hope someone puts my wellies on for me and takes me shooting when I am that age

    Alan

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    Now that's an intro! Good to have you aboard!

    Alex

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    I am opposed to our "Sport".

    I hate the way shooting is referred to as a sport, its NOT a sport and it is playing into the hands of the anti's to refer to it as such. I can appreciate the the origins of the word may lie in hunting but in the modern context a sport is a game, something competitive where we try to beat either each other or ourselves. To many people all stalking is is the killing of animals or fun or "sport". We know its much more than that and encompasses all kinds of other issues , environmental, agricultural and animal welfare, the sooner we stop referring to it as a "sport" the better.

    That said, welcome to the forum!

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    Tom,

    All feedback is good feedback so thanks for your comments.

    By "sport" I was referring to shooting with guns and rifles (please read my bit about shooting and gun magazines). If shooting with guns is an olympic "sport", why would anyone want to stop juniors under 18 take part?

    I don't just shoot to kill, I also plink targets and was once an accomplished clay shot so my message may have been mixed on what is a stalking forum.

    Where you from in the Borders? I stalk Roe and shoot pigeons / crows around the Berwick area as well as back here in south Northumberland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom D View Post
    I am opposed to our "Sport".

    I hate the way shooting is referred to as a sport, its NOT a sport and it is playing into the hands of the anti's to refer to it as such. I can appreciate the the origins of the word may lie in hunting but in the modern context a sport is a game, something competitive where we try to beat either each other or ourselves. To many people all stalking is is the killing of animals or fun or "sport". We know its much more than that and encompasses all kinds of other issues , environmental, agricultural and animal welfare, the sooner we stop referring to it as a "sport" the better.

    That said, welcome to the forum!
    YDS takes out paying stalkers. Is his clients deer managers. No. They are participating in field sports just as much as the pheasant shooter or the fisherman. The word sport has no other connotation in this context. You make a straw for your own back and everyone else's by trying to change that. We must defend our sport. What we cannot do is try to fudge the justification. Only two words justify the majority of stalkers actions. A hobby or a sport. I would rather justify it as a sport. Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom D View Post
    I am opposed to our "Sport".

    I hate the way shooting is referred to as a sport, its NOT a sport and it is playing into the hands of the anti's to refer to it as such. I can appreciate the the origins of the word may lie in hunting but in the modern context a sport is a game, something competitive where we try to beat either each other or ourselves. To many people all stalking is is the killing of animals or fun or "sport". We know its much more than that and encompasses all kinds of other issues , environmental, agricultural and animal welfare, the sooner we stop referring to it as a "sport" the better.

    That said, welcome to the forum!
    Thats where you are wrong hunting shooting and fishing are sports , what you and many others now refer to as sport are in fact games.

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    A really good intro here, looks like it may get spoiled a little, welcome Alan, just wish I was as well traveled in the shooting sphere as you!
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    Finnbear,

    Just had a look at your profile and it's nice to see a man after my own heart... boy they are big foxes!

    If you are ever in the North East you must look me up.

    Alan

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