Carter Jonas Game Fair Theatre SATURDAY TIMETABLE

07:00 – 09:00 BBC RADIO 4 TODAY WITH MARTHA KEARNEY

10:00 – 11:00 TOO MANY BIRDS: THE BIG DEBATE

Keynote debate: Too many birds. Does gameshooting have a problem with big bag days? Panel includes Panel includes Simon Hart MP, the GWCT’s Sir Jim Paice, Shooting Times editor Patrick Galbraith and Mark Osborne from William Powell

11:00 – 11.30 WHO WANTS TO BE A CONSERVATIONAIRE? 

We put a GWCT expert on the spot about wildlife.

11:30 – 12:00 TACKLING DOG THEFT

Dog theft. As dogs are stolen and ransomed across the British countryside, what should the police do and can we do? We talk to Jayne Hayes, who runs Doglost.co.uk

12:00 – 12:30 SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL

Would you pay £250,000 to shoot a rhino? SCI London chapter chairman Steve Jones will talk about the organisation’s extensive conservation work.

12:30 – 13:00 THE FUTURE OF AIRGUNS

There are up to 5 million airgunners in the UK. It’s a burgeoning sport but it’s under threat from the Government. There is already licensing for all airguns in Scotland and there are concerns that England and Wales may follow suit. Airgun World editor Terry Doe talks about why he loves this accessible sport and how criminalising 5 million people might not be a smart move.

13:00 – 13:30 WOMEN AND SHOOTING

Well-known and successful shot Rachel Carrie airs her views on women in shooting and why more and more of them are taking up the various sporting disciplines.

13:30 – 13:50 CORBYN: THE COST TO THE COUNTRYSIDE

Justin Urquhart-Stewart, the well-known TV and radio commentator on investment matters and co-founder of Seven Investment Management, chairs a panel discussing what the landed gentry have to fear from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. There’ll also be advice on how to protect your finances in a Corbyn world.

14:00 – 14:30 PETER CARR ON PTARMIGAN

Sporting Rifle editor Peter Carr has many passions – one of them is small, white and needs legwork. Whenever he can, Peter climbs to more than 3,000ft in Scotland, where he can track down ptarmigan, one of the most elusive of the grouse species. He tells us what grit and spit it takes.

14:30 – 15:00 HORNBLOWING COMPETITION

Are you up for The Countryman’s Weekly’s horn blowing competition? A panel of fearsome foxhunting judges will hear you blow anything from ‘gone away’ through ‘moving off’ to ‘gone to ground’ and, if you do it better than the rest, you win glory and Game Fair® goodies.

15:00 – 15:30 BRITISH BOWHUNTING

British bowhunting. Half Europe allows it, the other half doesn’t – but the trend is to legalise it. Denmark recently allowed the hunting of big game with bow and arrow. Could the UK follow suit?

15:30 – 16:00 WHO WANTS TO BE A CONSERVATIONAIRE?

What do you know about shooting and conservation? We put an expert from the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust on the spot about wildlife.

16:00 – 16:30 THE GUNTIQUES ROADSHOW

Fine modern and vintage sporting shotgun auctioneer Gavin Gardiner talks about unusual lots that have passed through his and other people’s auction catalogues.

16:30 – 17:00 FIELDSPORTS CHANNEL SHAREHOLDER MEETING

All welcome.