As part of our shooting campaign we want to broadcast the good work undertaken by the shooting community across the country.

We’re looking for people to be the faces of shooting for the 2016/17 pheasant season and want you to send us your stories to help tell the public about the sense of community, the love for wildlife or the boost to the local economy that shooting generates.

If you’ re a beater, picker up, shooter, gamekeeper or small business owner, email us at shooting@countryside-alliance.org and tell us why you have a #loveofshooting and you could join others in becoming part of our campaign.

 

Meet the faces of shooting

‘It’s my favourite time of year’ – Taesha Butt from Wookey, Somerset

loveofshooting‘I am a beater and have been beating on two local shoots for the last four years. I must say I have met some wonderful people; from businessmen, to farmers, countrymen, gamekeepers, computer technicians, builders, housewives and also children, whose proud fathers are keen to share this interest and lifestyle with them…’ Continue reading

 

 

 

 

‘Since I was 8 years old I haven’t missed a seasons beating’ – Ellie Cross, East Sussex

loveofshooting-2‘At the age of 8 years old I got introduced to beating. It was purely accidental as I was causing a few problems in the pheasant pens behind the caravan we would stay in every weekend. The gamekeeper found out I was the culprit and so he decided to show me what it was all about. Since that day I haven’t missed a seasons beating…’ Continue reading

 

 

 

 

‘Last season was my first shooting season’ – Liz Wicke

img_1079‘Twenty years ago I wrote a letter to parliament to ask them to ban hunting. My favourite programme was Animals of Farthing Wood (I cried when pheasant and his wife were shot) and the idea of eating my own animals was nothing short of horrifying. Fast forward twenty years and I’m a beater on a small shoot near Leicester. I’m a member of the Shotgun and Chelsea Bun Club and I go deer stalking regularly…’ Continue reading

 

 

‘On her first day’s shooting, she had the best time and cried when it was time to go home.’ – Beth Evans

beth-evans‘Here’s our 3 year old daughter, Maisie, on her first day’s shooting at Rowton Shoot in Shropshire. She wasn’t phased by the torrential rain one bit, but had the best time and cried when it was time to go home. We are very proud parents (her dad has been shooting since a similar age), although I’m a bit put out that daddy managed to get her shooting before I took her hunting!’

 

 

 

 

 

elisabeth-carr‘My son age 5 on the gun line last season with the clicker and his best friend. Can’t wait for the upcoming season #loveshooting’ – Elisabeth Carr

 

 

 

 

 

 

nickandblue‘What shooting brings to the community and to the countryside is immeasurable in way of conservation, jobs, investment and relationships.’ – Nick Bishop

‘I first started beating with my dad at the young age of ten and I remember the first day wearing my Parker with the fur hood.  One of the regulars took pity on my a dug out of his boot an old Barbour jacket that was his dads and which his dogs laid on.  That day I trudged around the fields waving my flag and making what I thought were daft noises.   Between drives the beaters and pickers-up would gather and pass the hip flask around and even at that tender age I was allowed a “sip”…’  Continue reading

 

 

 

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‘What we gain most from the shoot is the sense of community and friendships.’ – Naoimh Noelle McConville, Ballyward Shoot

‘I saw your request on Facebook for new people to be the faces of shooting for the 2016/17 pheasant season, so thought I would share our story. E
stablished in 2012 at the age of 24 by myself Naoimh and now husband Gavin, Ballyward Shoot are organically growing our pheasant and duck shoot to become one of the well known estates for small driven days in Northern Ireland…’ Continue reading

 

 

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‘It’s definitely my favourite time of year and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season ahead, not only to seeing and socialising with everyone but to working my much-loved dogs!’ – Eildon Sibbald

At the age of 9 I had my first day out beating on my father’s friends’ syndicate shoot in the Cheviot hills. I was part of their beating team for 5 seasons and that’s where my love for the shoot started. I then moved onto one of our local commercial shoots where I was a beater for 3 seasons and worked for 2 summers on their rearing field…’ Continue reading

 

 

 

avril-coleman-1‘It gives the younger generations the opportunity to learn about wildlife and the surrounding countryside’ – Avril Coleman, Crundale

‘A lot of the ‘old boys’ who are part of the Hunt Street Shoot (my dad included) have known each other all their lives having grown up on the family farms and the surrounding villages. A lot of these people would feel quite isolated at this time of year and the fortnightly gathering forms a large part of their social calendar…’ Continue reading