Ground Game Act 1880

#1
Has anyone come across this Act? Its gives the occupier of land an absolute right to shoot Ground Game, that is to say rabbits and hare, no matter who has the Sporting Rights on the land.

I thought that I was reasonably conversant with shooting law but this was new one on me.

Another of the lesser known Acts (or part of Acts that often seem completely irrelevant to shooting) that makes shooting in the UK so "interesting". For example, the Highways Act 1980 which is so often misquoted; that is say leaving out: "and in consequence a user of the highway is injured, interrupted or endangered"
 

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#3
Not forgetting the 1954 Pest act which mandates landowners and tennants to control rabbits and pigeons. Labour tried to remove it from the Statute books but I think its still there. ground game excludes deer I do believe.
 

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#4
Actually I think it gave permission provided you held a game license to kill or take game. That was the trick, most tenant farm workers in tied cottages couldnt afford the £4 a year hence it was abolished (the bit about licenses) in England and Wales anyway!
 
#5
ugly:4446362 said:
Not forgetting the 1954 Pest act which mandates landowners and tennants to control rabbits and pigeons. Labour tried to remove it from the Statute books but I think its still there. ground game excludes deer I do believe.
Not sure, but I think the part was that the deer had to be in the act of destroying (eating) the crop at the time of shooting.
 
#6
Has anyone come across this Act? Its gives the occupier of land an absolute right to shoot Ground Game, that is to say rabbits and hare, no matter who has the Sporting Rights on the land.

I thought that I was reasonably conversant with shooting law but this was new one on me.

Another of the lesser known Acts (or part of Acts that often seem completely irrelevant to shooting) that makes shooting in the UK so "interesting". For example, the Highways Act 1980 which is so often misquoted; that is say leaving out: "and in consequence a user of the highway is injured, interrupted or endangered"
Ground Game Act 1880

Read 'fair Game' it's not bad imo:
Fair Game: The Law of Country Sports and the Protection of Wildlife: Amazon.co.uk: Charlie Parkes, John Thornley: Books


I like this one the best. You used to get deported! Unlawful Drilling Act 1819

Or this, beating your carpets! Town Police Clauses Act 1847
 

ugly

LE
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#7
Not sure, but I think the part was that the deer had to be in the act of destroying (eating) the crop at the time of shooting.
Thats in the deer act but they must be shot on the ground where they are causing the damage not necessarily at the time they are causing it! That allows certain out of season taking for crop protection which is why its in the deer act!
 
#8
Not forgetting the 1954 Pest act which mandates landowners and tennants to control rabbits and pigeons. Labour tried to remove it from the Statute books but I think its still there. ground game excludes deer I do believe.
Pests Act 1954

The occupier of any land in a rabbit clearance area shall take such steps as may from time to time be necessary for the killing or taking of wild rabbits living on or resorting to the land, and, where it is not reasonably practicable to destroy the wild rabbits living on any part of the land, for the prevention of damage by those rabbits, and shall in particular comply with any directions contained in the rabbit clearance order as to the steps to be so taken or as to the time for taking them.
 
#9
Thats in the deer act but they must be shot on the ground where they are causing the damage not necessarily at the time they are causing it! That allows certain out of season taking for crop protection which is why its in the deer act!
Deer Act 1991
Exceptions for occupiers etc. of land where deer are..

(1)Subject to subsection (3) below, a person to whom this section applies shall not be guilty of an offence under section 2 above by reason of— .
(a)the taking or killing of any deer by means of shooting, or .
(b)the injuring of any deer by means of shooting in an attempt to take or kill it, .
on any cultivated land, pasture or enclosed woodland.
 

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LE
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#10
If you read Archie Coates works he used to get cartridges issued by the Govt agricultural agent and sell the pigeons for a living. Wonderful way to eke out the army pension.
 
#11
Another of the lesser known Acts (or part of Acts that often seem completely irrelevant to shooting) that makes shooting in the UK so "interesting". For example, the Highways Act 1980 which is so often misquoted; that is say leaving out: "and in consequence a user of the highway is injured, interrupted or endangered"
Yep, don't forget lawful authority or excuse either: Highways Act 1980
(2)If a person without lawful authority or excuse— .
(a)lights any fire on or over a highway which consists of or comprises a carriageway; or .
(b)discharges any firearm or firework within 50 feet of the centre of such a highway, .
and in consequence a user of the highway is injured, interrupted or endangered, that person is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale
Don't play football either ;-)

Not forgetting: Town Police Clauses Act 1847
Penalty on persons committing any of the offences herein named..

Every person who in any street, to the obstruction, annoyance, or danger of the residents or passengers, commits any of the following offences, shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding [F15level 3 on the standard scale] for each offence, or, in the discretion of the justice before whom he is convicted, may be committed to prison, there to remain for a period not exceeding fourteen days, . . . F16; (that is to say,)

Every person who wantonly discharges any firearm, or throws or discharges any stone or other missile, or makes any bonfire, or throws or sets fire to any firework:
 
#12
ground game excludes deer I do believe.
Hares & Rabbits only in the Act

Actually I think it gave permission provided you held a game license to kill or take game. !
No Game License required under the Act.

Prior to the Act, it seems that tenants were having their crops ravaged by bunnies and could do nothing about because the Sporting Rights were reserved to the Freeholder. The Ground Game Act gave them the right to protect their crops.
 
#13
ugly:4446388 said:
Not sure, but I think the part was that the deer had to be in the act of destroying (eating) the crop at the time of shooting.
Thats in the deer act but they must be shot on the ground where they are causing the damage not necessarily at the time they are causing it! That allows certain out of season taking for crop protection which is why its in the deer act!
Ah, right you are! Memory somewhat defunct as it is Friday!
 
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