Another bumper year for shooting in the North East

The pheasant and partridge seasons are the last to end onFebruary 1 each year.
The pheasant and partridge seasons are the last to end onFebruary 1 each year.

The shooting industry is celebrating another great year as the 2014/15 shooting season closes tomorrow, with the last shoots taking place today.

The last day of the season is the beaters’ day on many shoots, when those people who have worked throughout the season take their turn with a gun.

Research undertaken in 2014 shows that shooting is worth around £2billion to the UK economy, it plays a vital part in rural Britain and supports the equivalent of 74,000 full-time jobs. Around 44,000 people shoot in the North East, ploughing more than £57million into the local economy.

Adrian Blackmore, director of shooting for the Countryside Alliance, said: “Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to turn out across the UK today to mark the end of the season. We have a really vibrant and inclusive shooting community in the UK and their contribution to the countryside is of immense importance.

“Shooting benefits rural businesses both directly and indirectly in the North East, and helps sustain many communities. It can make all the difference between profit and loss for some rural enterprises, and it is thanks to shooting that many communities are kept economically viable outside traditional tourist seasons.”