Shooting industry celebrate good year comes to an end

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The shooting industry is celebrating another great year as the 2014/15 season comes to an end.

Research undertaken in 2014 shows that shooting is worth around £2 billion to the UK economy, it plays a vital part in rural Britain and supports the equivalent of 74,000 full-time jobs.

Around 120,000 people shoot in Scotland, ploughing more than £200 million into the local economy.

Adrian Blackmore, director of shooting for the Countryside Alliance, said: “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 Scotland, 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.””