A Sporting Century

A Sporting Century

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The 100th year history of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation


When the Wildfowlers Association of Great Britain and Ireland was formed in the back streets of Hull in 1908 by Stanley Duncan, none of those present could have imagined that their small organisation would go on to become an internationally respected shooting organisation with 120,000 members, offices in every part of the UK, a major national headquarters and dozens of full time staff. This book is the story of how it did so, from those early days of Stanley Duncan and his black hut, through the battle over the 1954 Protection of Birds Act - dubbed 'the Wildfowler's Charter' as a result of WAGBI's remarkable success - then on through the long and illustrious stewardship of John Anderton.

A Sporting Century is a tale of tough political fights, of triumphs and more than a few disasters, but most of all it is about the people and the clubs which made BASC what it is today. The author has recorded the memories of some of WAGBI's surviving stalwarts and gained unrivalled access to the surviving records and minute books to tell a no-holds-barred story about the background to Britain's premier shooting association, celebrating its 100th year this year.


Graham Downing is a writer, photographer and independent shooting consultant. A regular contributor to Shooting Times, The Field, Shooting Gazette and editor of Deer, his books Shooting for Beginners and The Deer Stalking Handbook are recognised guides to the sports. In the early 1980s he became BASC's first full time Public Relations Officer, and went on to serve on the association's Council for fifteen years.

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Sub Heading The History of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation
ISBN 9781846890260
Author Graham Downing
Binding Hardback
Extent 246 x 189 mm, 192 pages
Illustrations Colour photographs throughout
Ebook No
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