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Shooting Seasons Explained…

5th February 2020

pheasant

It is well known that most game can be legally hunted during the autumn and winter but why and what are the dates?

The 'closed season' is when shooting is not allowed. This is in place to protect animals when they are breeding and rearing their young to ensure numbers are not depleted.

Animals that are pests or vermin such as rabbits, pigeons and muntjac deer have no closed season so culling them controls their populations. These animals breed all year round so it is impossible to define a single breeding season.

These dates indicate the shooting season across England and Wales:

Birds Dates
Red Grouse 12 August - 10 December
Partridge (grey & red-legged) 1 September - 1 February
Pheasant 1 October - 1 February
Pigeon No closed season
Wild Fowl Dates
Mallard, teal, widgeon and other ducks (inland) 1 September - 31 January
Mallard, teal, widgeon and other ducks (below high water mark) 1 September - 20 February
Snipe 12 August - 31 January
Woodcock 1 October - 31 January
Furred Dates
Hare 1 January - 31 December (England & Wales) but can only be sold between 1 August and 28 February
Rabbit No closed season
Squirrel No closed season
Venison (England & Wales) Dates
Muntjac Deer No closed season
Roe Deer Bucks: 1 Apr - 31 Oct / Does: 1 Nov - 31 March
Fallow Bucks: 1 Aug - 30 April / Does: 1 Nov - 31 March
Red Deer Stags: 1 Aug - 30 Apr / Hinds: 1 Nov - 31 March

Game shooting seasons differ across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, so the above can be used as a guideline only. You should always check locally before shooting anything which may have a closed season, as variations can occur.

Fishing for compliments…

7th January 2020

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With the New Year upon us, you might be thinking it's time to start afresh and give your mind and body a bit of a boost.

Finding something that you enjoy, is good for your health and helps relax your body and mind can be tricky… Have you ever considered fishing though?

Nearly anyone, irrespective of age, fitness ability, or income level, can get started with fishing. And better still, this outdoor sport is one of the most accessible you could choose to participate in.

So the health benefits… well, by going fishing your main muscle groups, heart and lungs are all getting a good work out. It engages the shoulders, back, arms, core and legs in an active workout. And the setting up, casting off and winding calls for a bit of strength!

Walking to your local fishing spot or choosing a location that is a 10 to 15 minute walk from your car is a boost to aerobic exercise too!

Fishing can also be a great opportunity to switch off from the stresses and pressures of everyday life. It is a chance to be mindful and really take in 'this' moment and connect with the world around you. Listen the sounds of nature, flowing water, birds singing and enjoy the scenery surrounding you.

But not only can fishing be a workout and a chance to take a moment for yourself… Eating your quarry has a multitude of proven health benefits! The NHS website even states that "Most of us should have more fish in our diet… "

So if you are thinking about taking up fishing this year,why not consider us for peace of mind?

Our Master Policies cover the most comprehensive range of activities available under any Country Sports members' scheme. One membership covers you for recreational activities including Angling,Wading, Netting and Trapping; Fish, Molluscs, Crustaceans and any other legal quarry; Inland and Coastal.

Find out more about our Country Sports Insurance .

Stop me if I’m Rambling…

18th December 2019

rambling

With Christmas fast approaching, now is the time of year people traditionally start thinking about New Year Resolutions and how they can improve on themselves and their lifestyle.

We all know exercise is healthy and good for us in a multitude of different ways, but it can be quite hard to get motivated and get started.

Rambling is a great way to get out in the fresh air and an easy way to add some physical activity to your day. Also, unlike some sports, except for the most demanding walks you don’t even need much specialist equipment so it can cost you next to nothing!

Not sure where to head to? Many towns and cities have 'heritage trails' which mainly follow streets and pavements, introducing you to the history and the architecture of the town. On the outskirts of cities you will often find Country Parks, usually with signed walking routes and some paths suitable for disabled people.

A lot of communities have dedicated walking/rambling groups set up, so even if you are starting out alone, it can be quite a social activity.

As with taking up any new sport though, it is always best to be prepared. We offer cover for the most comprehensive range of country sports in the UK including Rambling, Hiking, Walking and Hill-Walking. And better still, our fully automated online system makes joining C³ quick and simple. As soon as payment has been processed your Evidence of Insurance Certificate is available for immediate download! You can even choose from a range of membership terms and a start date to suit you. Head over to Country Sports Insurance to find out more about our cover.

Deer Stalking in the UK

20th November 2019

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As the November Deer Season is now open, we thought we would touch on the history of this quintessentially English country sport…

Deer stalking initially began in the highlands and moors of the UK and has spread throughout much of the world as a result of British influence. England, Scotland and Wales are home to a wide variety of deer species, including native red deer, fallow deer, and roe deer, as well as a host of introduced deer species from around the world, including sika deer, Pere David deer, hog deer, muntjac, and Chinese water deer.

Stalking is carried out for a number of reasons. The main reason is to control the population. Since wolves became extinct in the UK, deer do not have any natural predators.

Another reason in more recent times is that; as we become a nation of 'foodies', venison is increasingly becoming a more mainstream meat on British plates.

Deer stalking in 2019 is as popular as it ever has been. Across the country (with the exception of Middlesex that has no wild deer) deer numbers are managed through stalking.

Most stalking takes place in either the early hours of the morning or late at night. Only in Scotland and the Lake District that have large, open hillsides is deer stalking done during the day.

Here at C³ we understand how important it is to our Members that they are sufficiently covered for every situation whilst participating in any Country Sport. To give you peace of mind every Member is covered under our Master Policies for:

  • £12 MILLION PUBLIC LIABILITY COVER
  • £10,000 PERSONAL ACCIDENT COVER
  • £100,000 LEGAL EXPENSES COVER

Insurance is valid throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland. Cover across the European Union and Worldwide also available.

Brexit… The Effect on our Members…

24th October 2019

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Nothing!

We are proud to offer our members a great range of benefits, including market leading country sports insurance, at unbeatable value for money. And despite the turmoil and questions that my may be rasied as we exit the EU, members of C³ can expect just plain old business as usual from our cover!

This will be a great relief to our customers, especially those in Ireland.

Unfortunately, as you may or may not be aware, the Irish leisure/outdoor pursuits market is currently in a state of disarray. When the largest Insurer pulled out of the market in April/May 2019, many operators (adventure parks, water parks, Paintball, Splatball, rock wall climbing, zipwire, camping, bushcraft etc etc) were left operating illegally – with no Public Liability cover.

Here at C³ we anticipated the possible effect Brexit could have on our members, and pre-empted any issues that may have arisen, therefore ensuring all members, whether in UK, ROI or will have continuous and seamless cover under the C³ membership.

Man’s Best Friend

3rd September 2019

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Taking your friend out for the day is a great bonding experience and that doesn’t differ whether your friend is human or canine.

Ever since humans found out that dogs could be trained to locate, chase and collect prey, they have been a constant companion on hunts. Four sub-categories have emerged from early gundogs, which are:

  • Retrievers – Retrieving gundogs are bred solely to retrieve and are required to sit and ignore distractions until given the command.
  • Spaniels – Spaniels have been bred and expertly trained to hunt and flush game, which is helped by their high energy and intelligence.
  • Setters and pointers – Setters and pointer gundogs have been bred to seek out the hard to find game and freeze, indicating the location of the game.
  • Hunt, point and retrieve – Bred to be versatile, able to hunt, point and retrieve. A multi-tasking dog, they are increasingly popular today for game shooters and hunters who want all-round dogs which can be trained in several disciplines.

Whatever breed your dog, you will know that they want to ‘work’ all day, every day! They have boundless energy and love spending time in the great outdoors. Even the coldest, wettest weather won’t deter them from a good run around!

But no matter how skilled and trained either you or your dog are, accidents can happen. Make sure that both you and your dog have the right cover to make sure you are safe and well looked after before participation in your chosen pursuit.

Our Public Liability and Personal Accident Insurance covers Gun Dog Working and Training, Stalking and Flushing Out, Retrieving, Protecting Game, Terrier Work, Hunting Rabbits and Rats, Rescue of Wild Animals, Dog Trials, Dog Displays, Amateur Dog Shows and Dog Training. All subject to compliance with legislation on ownership of dangerous animals.

For your piece of mind, you should know; all of our Insured benefits are underwritten by carefully selected specialist and leading UK Insurers in the Lloyds and London market, all of whom are fully UK Authorised and FCA regulated.

Did you know we offer Gun Dog Insurance?

So if you and your best friend are headed out this season, you can be sure that they are just as taken care of as you are. We also offer special discounts for all C³ Members who take out an insurance policy with Vetsure VetSure Pet Insurance®.

Tales from our Members - it is all about you!

21st August 2019

Gunrack

We need you!

We would love to know more about YOU! Where does your sport take you? Where have you been and what have you seen?

Would you be willing to tell us a little about what you do? If you can provide images of your work in progress that would be fantastic!

Whether you bask in the statisfaction of a good shot, are an avid participant in live action role play, are fond of a quiet fishing break, revel in the odd ramble, enjoy the thrill of the hunt or anything else in between – we want to hear from you!

You will be shouted to across our Blog spot and your images may also appear across our media platforms. If you would like to get involved, please email g.tate@ccc3.co.uk or find us on Facebook or Twitter .

Introducing… Us!

1st August 2019

sunset

We are proud of all we have to offer and as we celebrate our 11th year in the Industry, we thought we’d tell you a little more about us…

Since 2008, Country Cover Club has built a reputation for insurance you can trust and the highest levels of customer service.

We provide cover for the most comprehensive range of country sports in the UK including; Shooting, Hunting, Fishing, Falconry, Ferreting, Working with Dogs, Archery, Re-Enactment, Rambling, Conservation and much more! You can visit our Country Sports Insurance page for a complete list of Insured Activities and full details of each Insurance Benefit.

But "where did it all begin?" you might ask - well … in 2007 the founder of Country Cover Club, Jerry Parks Young decided it was time to start his own insurance club, having been working or training with the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association ( CPSA ) since 1986. So together with a financial advisor and lifelong friend Moshe Hadari Country Cover Club was born. The Insurance Club was initially for shooting sports - but over the past 11 yrs many further sports have been added, notably Re-enactment being the second most popular activity. About 30,000 covers have been provided so far.

We know that sometimes you might want to invite a friend along, or arrange a group activity and as such, we offer two day cover, which is perfect for a weekend or guest participation. We are the only country pursuits Insurance specialists to offer this duration of cover.

We also recognise that many country sports use specialist equipment which can be costly to replace if it gets damaged or stolen. With this in mind we provide Members with the option to include cover for guns and other sporting equipment within their Membership.

The whole team at C³ are fully invested in making obtaining Insurance as simple as possible for customers, so the joining process is quick and easy, providing instant access to your printable Evidence of Insurance certificate.

Full terms & conditions of membership are detailed in the C³ Schedule of Membership.