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Scottish Association for Country Sports minded folk. Our Management Committee members work alongside our staff, giving freely of their time and skills because they care deeply about the survival of fieldsports. Elected to the Committee because of their drive, passion and relevant professional skills, these SACS members are dedicated to doing their best for their community by volunteering to get actively involved in the organisation’s work. We are fortunate to have them. So, apart from the insurance, what does SACS do? SACS members benefit from accessible membership fees, so that competent representation is available to as broad a demographic as possible. Member discounts on leading vehicle manufacturers, outdoor clothing brands and Northern Irish ferry crossings come as standard. With three renowned firearms and firearms law experts in our staff team, members across the UK receive first-rate guidance and assistance with matters ranging from grant and renewal of firearm, shotgun and air weapon certificates to revocations and restrictions. We have an excellent working relationship with Police forces all over the UK, and as we sit on the British Shooting Sports Council (the leading firearms law panel based in Westminster), Home Office firearms group and national and regional practitioners’ groups, all of our members have a strong voice at the top tables in the country. And that voice is heard, where and when it counts. But fieldsports isn’t all about guns. We have a significant number of angler members, who pursue everything from salmon and brown trout, to rainbows, coarse fish and sea fish. Our Wild Fisheries Expert Group, made up of appropriately qualified, passionate volunteers, works with our staff to lobby Government on matters that affect our members. Whether on fishing, land management, working dogs, natural resources, pest control, deer management, trapping, snaring or rewilding, any relevant Government consultation or call for

evidence generates a competent, professional response from SACS on behalf of our members. Our recent work includes providing Committee evidence on tail docking, challenging the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government to allow local communities access to public land for fieldsports, and working with other organisations to oppose the flawed proposal to reintroduce lynx to Kielder. Getting politicians, especially Government ministers, to listen to our community is difficult, but SACS has done this successfully and continues to do so. People for whom fieldsports is a way of life will always need effective representation, and this is what we do for our members. You may have noticed that ‘members’ is a word we use often; that’s because we are a membership association run by members, for members. SACS is a not-for-profit organisation that, with experienced corporate individuals at the helm, avoids the operational restrictions and financial drains faced by businesses (no large fancy offices and expensive company car schemes for us) because we are run astutely and prudently for the benefit of our whole membership. The old adage of the tail wagging the dog simply doesn’t apply here. The work that we do for others, for our community, drives SACS; it drives how we think, our innovations, and the fresh approach that is so demonstrably valued by our partners and stakeholders, including in Government. If you’d like to know more about us, visit our office in Selkirk, our website at sacs. org.uk; you can also find us on Facebook and Instagram, and at events around the country during show season, or at the end of the telephone by calling 01350724228. Our members even benefit from an out-of-hours emergency line, so we’re always there for you. If we sound like a family you’d like to be part of, annual membership fees start at £10. We look forward to meeting you. 47

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Shooting Scotland Magazine (October - November 2017)  

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