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How might Corona Virus impact the upcoming Game season?

 

With the furore over the use of lead shot and plastic wads firmly moved to the back burner for the time being, the more immediate concern is of course the effect that the Corona Virus will have on our sport this coming season. We have heard of a number of shoots cancelling this whole seasons programme in entirety or significantly reducing their programmes with very few commenting that they will be carrying on as normal. The reason seems to be that guns are not committing to deposits (which may or may not be refunded in the event of cancellation) and in turn therefore, the shoots cannot finance their orders from game farmers. Catch 22. It is of course, not quite as simple as this, but you get the picture. This is disappointing and frankly, probably more of a concern for the shooting industry as a whole going forwards, than the current and immediate financial challenge. The game season is when we are open for business as an industry and it is this that helps support our local economies. The current challenges will perhaps more importantly have far reaching consequences for a lot of fieldsports related businesses.

My personal opinion is that once the lockdown ends, the first thing the general public will want to do upon release is go and enjoy their hobby, whether that be playing squash, rock climbing or shooting. It has been suggested that golf and angling will be amongst the first to benefit from a relaxation of the lockdown restrictions, presumably because of the ease of maintaining social distancing and the benefit of getting some exercise, not to mention being good for the mind. Shooting is clearly very similar and in fact it will be very easy to maintain social distancing on the shooting field, whether clay shooting or game. For this reason, I think that shooting as a pastime should in theory be largely unaffected this coming season for these very obvious reasons – but this is only my own opinion!


Grouse Shooting


Whilst I understand the financial strain we are all under, the fact remains that we will all want to be able to continue with our hobbies if we are able. We will undoubtedly all have to adapt to a “new normal” and shooting as a sport will be very easily able to do this with minimal impact on how we continue to enjoy our sport. Spring grouse counts have been reasonable, so while it may not be a record breaking year, if the weather stays reasonable during the hatch, we may be in for a reasonable season. And I am absolutely convinced that we will be allowed to get out on the moor in August. And if we are allowed out in August, I see no reason why we shouldn’t be allowed out for the rest of the season if we are all sensible and do our bit to reduce the risk of another peak in infections.

So in short, I think shooting should carry on  pretty much as normal and there will therefore be a shortage of shooting as we get to the middle of the season. But of course I may be entirely wrong, we will see…

ARTICLE
How might Corona Virus impact the upcoming Game season?

 

With the furore over the use of lead shot and plastic wads firmly moved to the back burner for the time being, the more immediate concern is of course the effect that the Corona Virus will have on our sport this coming season. We have heard of a number of shoots cancelling this whole seasons programme in entirety or significantly reducing their programmes with very few commenting that they will be carrying on as normal. The reason seems to be that guns are not committing to deposits (which may or may not be refunded in the event of cancellation) and in turn therefore, the shoots cannot finance their orders from game farmers. Catch 22. It is of course, not quite as simple as this, but you get the picture. This is disappointing and frankly, probably more of a concern for the shooting industry as a whole going forwards, than the current and immediate financial challenge. The game season is when we are open for business as an industry and it is this that helps support our local economies. The current challenges will perhaps more importantly have far reaching consequences for a lot of fieldsports related businesses.

 

My personal opinion is that once the lockdown ends, the first thing the general public will want to do upon release is go and enjoy their hobby, whether that be playing squash, rock climbing or shooting. It has been suggested that golf and angling will be amongst the first to benefit from a relaxation of the lockdown restrictions, presumably because of the ease of maintaining social distancing and the benefit of getting some exercise, not to mention being good for the mind. Shooting is clearly very similar and in fact it will be very easy to maintain social distancing on the shooting field, whether clay shooting or game. For this reason, I think that shooting as a pastime should in theory be largely unaffected this coming season for these very obvious reasons – but this is only my own opinion!


Grouse Shooting


Whilst I understand the financial strain we are all under, the fact remains that we will all want to be able to continue with our hobbies if we are able. We will undoubtedly all have to adapt to a “new normal” and shooting as a sport will be very easily able to do this with minimal impact on how we continue to enjoy our sport. Spring grouse counts have been reasonable, so while it may not be a record breaking year, if the weather stays reasonable during the hatch, we may be in for a reasonable season. And I am absolutely convinced that we will be allowed to get out on the moor in August. And if we are allowed out in August, I see no reason why we shouldn’t be allowed out for the rest of the season if we are all sensible and do our bit to reduce the risk of another peak in infections.

 

So in short, I think shooting should carry on  pretty much as normal and there will therefore be a shortage of shooting as we get to the middle of the season. But of course I may be entirely wrong, we will see…

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