Feb 28 2018
I was all set to write this blog post on my second game day which was in mid-January. I was invited to shoot with a group of experienced guns at a small syndicate. I was going to tell you all about the day, the tough start among the trees, the next peg pinching my bird, my stand literally in the pond (see the picture) and how my nerves nearly got the better of me, but that I came through on the last drive and managed to take down 8 birds.
Jan 27 2018
It's hard to believe it's nearly the end of the game season already; a years' worth of hard work & stress, pest controlling, feeding & watering, planning and preparation. All for eight days of driven pheasant and partridge shooting for our ten syndicate members. For me it's not a full-time job though, I have to work a 9 –5 job like most other people. Is all the effort worthwhile? Of course it is. Those days that the birds fly high and fast, catching the wind and challenging the guns. The good-humoured banter, the awful misses and the fantastic kind of shots that only happen once every few years. The joy on the beaters faces as their dog’s work for them and flush a fine brace up and over the guns. I see it all, and it fills me with joy and passion for what we do.
Jan 11 2018
Three Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club members became #Field Fashionistas and road tested some of our ladies products. Alice Wootton is our first Alan Paine #FieldFashionista. Read on to see how she got on with her brand new Alan Paine Kit!
Jan 10 2018
The Saturday before Christmas was one of those sub-zero days, where the sun shines piercingly bright but the ground stays rock solid. A perfect day to be outside on your first pheasant shoot with a cracking group of ladies (& honorary ladies). The lovely Tracey Davey had organised the day for a mix of experienced & novice lady guns up in Matfen, Northumberland on a small friendly shoot.
First things first we ran through a safety briefing for the day - what we could and couldn’t shoot, what to be aware of around the area etc, and then picked our peg numbers for the first drive.
Dec 13 2017
Well winter has certainly arrived! As I sit to write this from my collated notes over the last few weeks, the snow is tumbling out of the sky. A cancelled road trip and the news is full of traffic chaos. A thirty-minute drive to my family home resulted in a three-hour test of my own and my Land Rover Discovery's ability. Despite my best efforts, it wasn’t to be. The roads were completely snarled up with traffic going nowhere, so I was eventually forced to concede and head home for an afternoon of photo editing, hot chocolate and mince pies.