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a term used variously for all birds of the order Galliformes (gallinaceous, or chickenlike, birds), for certain quarry species within this order, and for a variety of quarry birds of several other orders. In Britain game bird refers particularly to partridge, grouse, and quail. In North America the term may include various gallinaceous birds such as quail and turkey, aquatic quarry birds such as duck and geese, and shorebirds such as woodcock, snipe, and plover. Game birds are hunted extensively, especially in the English-speaking world, and a number of dogs, including pointers, setters, and retrievers, have been specially bred for this purpose. Laws designating game birds and licensing their hunting were originally enacted in England to protect the privileges of nobility. Today, many countries enact licensing laws (see game lawsgame laws,
restrictions on the hunting or capture of wild game, whether bird, beast, or fish. After the Norman Conquest (1066), England enacted stringent game laws, known as the Forest Laws, which made hunting the sole privilege of the king and his nobles.
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), but these are generally for the protection of the animals rather than the hunters.
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Animal Aid director Isobel Hutchinson said: "We are extremely concerned to see that the issue of animal welfare does not even merit a proper discussion in the main consultation paper, despite strong evidence submitted about the suffering of game birds and wildlife caused by the shooting industry and the breaches of animal welfare regulations that our investigations have uncovered.
And according to Defra's code for keeping game birds, they must "be provided with appropriate space and facilities to ensure the avoidance of stress and to allow the exhibition of normal behaviour patterns".
UP TO 20,000 hunters will take to the fields for the opening of the turtledove, woodpigeon and quail shooting season today, which is set to be the island's largest to date thanks to increasing game bird population and the second highest number of licences ever issued.
Given the ecological and economic importance of many upland game birds and potential changes in the legal status of declining populations, it is important to evaluate the effectiveness of survey methods and monitoring protocols for many of these species.
Myself and my husband are so tired of being targeted by these people and have decided not to keep any Old English Game birds anymore.
Native game birds like grouse and ptarmigan are as much a part of the forests and fields as are big game animals, and harvesting and eating them is a vital link in fulfilling the big game hunting experience.
For nearly 30 years, Ron has raised a variety of game birds, for his own pleasure and to protect his friends.
These shooting lobby groups spend enormous sums on marketing dead game birds, the majority species of which, the hapless pheasant costs pounds 27-32 each to breed, raise, release and kill.
This book makes you think that someday, just maybe, you might want to try hunting one of the "other" upland game birds.
In the 1860s and 1870s game birds were released in the North and South Islands and on Stewart Island by publicly funded acclimatisation societies.