Game should become cheaper and more easily available if a government proposal gets the thumbs up from the industry.

Sustainable food and farming minister Jeff Rooker has announced plans to ditch the licensing laws that force anyone involved in shooting or selling wild venison or game birds to secure the right paperwork first.

It would also herald year-round trading, as long as the game had been shot during the open season, and could allow shooting on Sundays and Christmas Day. "Many of the laws surrounding game licensing are outdated and irrelevant. These proposals remove an unnecessary burden from shoots and retailers alike."

Andrew Opie, BRC director of food policy, said: "Retailers suffer thousands of pounds of administrative costs applying for licences and coping with inconsistent local authority enforcement. Scrapping the licence would save that and broaden consumer choice."