The more I read the news, the more I want to go out shooting or just out with the dogs.
I’m cooked brunch for family on Saturday they specifically asked for Pigeon Pittas but we only had enough for two! It’s a good way to catch up, share germs and deride the size of my daughters handbags. Having two girls, who I have taught to shoot but they sadly never took it up, means I failed to secure another excuse to get out and enjoy the countryside or visit Gun shops in the never-ending search for new ‘things’.
Speaking of new things, I’ve picked up a CZ455 in 17 HMR and once I’ve got to grips with it will share some photos of my exploits. The Mauser is still in use so don’t ask!
My young Cocker is coming on well and testing my skills such as they are, I’m used to Flatties! As previously stated, we’ll never be subjected to the gaze of a Test or Trial Judge. It’s great that she’s delivering Pigeons to hand, jumping to that page of the training manual by herself while I was still doing whistle commands! I’m also not used to the blinding speed at which she does things even compared to the speedy Spaniels we have had, sadly Rosie the Springer is totally blind now and lives happily in retirement with my Father in-law.
Going back to the news, our Fieldsports Community is more than ever under the microscope; the Air Rifle review for instance. It seems to me that no good is going to come from this scrutiny, however, we do have BASC, Countryside Alliance and the other organisations, who without doubt, are more than capable of representing and defending the sports and way of life we all love. We need them to educate those who are fed untruths and talk to those involved in making policies which directly affect our sports. We should really be discussing the bright future of Shooting and Hunting in the UK. 23,000 New Shotgun licences were issued last year which shows continued, if not, renewed interest in shooting.
If you’re not a member, consider joining one the representative bodies/organisations soon and if you are a member keep an eye on their websites or twitter feeds to keep abreast of what’s going on and don’t be afraid to have an opinion. Sermon over.
Your Countryside Needs You