The “Bun-club” Conference
“What are you doing this weekend?”… “Oh, going to a ladies shooting conference” …”???”
I did get a couple of askance looks when I mentioned my weekend plans, especially as it involved an early morning start and 3-hour drive.
But yes, I did set off at 5am to get to the 4th Shotgun & Chelsea Bun club conference. The day coincided with the club’s 6th anniversary so much celebrating was in order for the day and evening.
After a welcome from S&CBC founder, Victoria Knowles-Lacks, we had a packed day of speakers, shopping & networking but to tell you about everything in detail would probably just read like a shopping list.
Therefore, I’ll keep it to the key points I took away:
- Gun fit is important, but only once you’ve got your mount right.
The day was kicked off by Tom Payne, a gun fitter, prominent pigeon shooter, author & shooting coach. A colourful character with the key advice that gun fit must come after you are mounting the gun to your shoulder consistently.
Then once you have had your gun properly fitted, changes to your stance, weight gain, weight loss etc will all have an impact on your gun fit.
If you have seen my Instagram account, you will know my gun has a comb raiser haphazardly taped to the stock. It’s not pretty but it’s working and while I’m still getting to grips with shooting gun down, it will be a while now before I consider getting anything more permanent done.
- Even the top shots get nervous.
Multiple world champion clay shooter, Cheryl Hall spoke about shooting confidence and how important it is to zone everything & everyone around you out for that brief moment when you step up to take your shots. As she moved from the prepared section of her talk to answering audience questions, you could see her visibly relax into her subject. It made me realise that everyone has nerves, even an amazingly accomplished shot such as Cheryl, but it’s how you learn a strategy to overcome them that is important.
- Eat more Game!
There are many arguments to eat more game, it’s delicious and good for you, and at this time of the year it’s also plentiful. It’s also the main justification for game shooting; if we shoot it, we should eat it. This was a key point made in the talks from both Peter Glenser and Bill Harriman from BASC, and Liam Stokes of the Countryside Alliance.
We already eat a lot of game in the Sillars household but it’s sparked my interest to look for more ideas (already seen a recipe for pheasant sausage rolls posted by a fellow bun-clubber, Gine)
- 6% and rising!
6% of all UK Shotgun licenses are owned by women (34,188 as at 31 March 2017). It’s still a small number but it’s rising as are the opportunities for ladies in all areas of shooting.
To be with so many other like-minded women was truly inspiring. The day also included other speakers, shopping opportunities and the 2017 annual S&CBC awards in the evening. Plenty of opportunity therefore to build networks and grow friendships. Already looking forward to next year!
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