The Government's latest Coronavirus guidance has been a little unclear on what kind of shooting is permitted during this National lockdown, but we are here to help clarify.
In England, outdoor shooting activities are currently permitted once a day as a form of exercise. This is however subject to conditions.
- The Government has said: "If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local - unless it is necessary to go further, for example to go to work. Stay local means stay in the village, town, or part of the city where you live." This means that you are only allowed to travel to a shoot if it is local to you.
- If shooting, ensure that you are only meeting with people that you live with, people in your support bubble, or with one person from another household ONLY if you are on your own.
If compliance with these rules are not possible, you will unfortunately be unable to shoot as a form of exercise. Please also be aware that, if you do not abide by these conditions, you could be at risk of a fine and may also run the risk of jeopardising your shotgun/firearm license.
Forms of shooting that are permitted:
It is considered reasonable to travel outside of your local area to carry out essential shooting-related work such as pest control to protect crops or livestock (including the shooting and trapping of pest bird species under general license), rodent or rabbit control, and management of deer (if a plan has been agreed with the landowner).
Game management and gamekeeping work, including pest control, habitat management, and management of game birds is also allowed under current guidelines.
As long as rules are firmly abided by when it comes to travelling and social distancing and stringent measures are put in place, shooting activities such as wildfowling, deer stalking, and rough shooting are permitted.
Make sure you keep a copy of your permission to shoot, as well as a written request for the undertaking of essential work, in order to be able to prove to authorities that what you are doing is permitted should you be challenged.
Driven game shooting and other group shooting activities are NOT permitted. Please do not attend any shoots of this kind, as you will be liable to fines and you may put your license at risk.
It is our responsibility to follow the guidelines set out by the Government in order to bring the virus back under control, lower the risk of overwhelming the NHS, and save lives.
The end is in sight and the more we abide by these rules, the faster it will come.
The information above refers to the United Kingdom only. For the full list of restrictions throughout Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, please see: