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 2017/18 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, visit our competition page and tell us why you have a #loveofshooting and you could win a pair of Ariat Catalyst Walking Boots, courtesy of Sporting Kit.
Meet the faces of shooting
‘I have learned about the work that goes into looking after the birds and the good it does for the countryside’ – Nicci Owen-Ward
‘Whether I’m shooting or beating I love being out in the beautiful British countryside enjoying banter with like-minded people. Myself and my husband run a small shoot, I’m an ex-townie who was on the side of the antis. I have learned about the work that goes into looking after the birds and the good it does for the countryside. This year I bred the mallard and grey Partridge for our shoot, next year I shall be doing the same with added pheasants. We have two Springer’s, a Springer cross Labrador and the steadiest of them all, a Jack Russell Terrier cross Chihuahua! This all happened in 4 years and we now have a farm shop which we promote game in and is proving very popular.’
“I have been beating since I was 10” – Francesca Grieve
‘The first gun I shot with was my fathers 12 bore and it terrified me because it kicked! I decided that I was on the beating team instead so I have been beating since I was 10. When I started to shoot with a smaller gun at 12 I found I loved it. I have been beating and shooting every season since then and have found no greater company than a team of beaters and guns sharing a flask between drives in a windy wood…’ Continue reading
‘I’ve been surrounded by shooting for my entire lifetime’ – Awel Hughes
‘I’ve been surrounded by shooting for my entire lifetime with pheasant shoots being held on our land in North Wales.
I’ve also been fortunate to find a husband with the same love for shooting and country sports as me and my family. Inevitably, our wedding in August had a strong shooting theme as our two Labrador gundogs assisted with Owain’s proposal!…’ Continue reading
“Shooting to me is fun, camaraderie, sport and a quantifiable benefit to our local community.” – Stuart Murray, small farm shoot
“Having started shooting and beating as a lad on small local shoots, l inevitably moved on to shooting bigger days further away – l think losing some of the camaraderie and community spirit in the process…” Continue reading
‘It’s my favourite time of year’ – Taesha Butt from Wookey, Somerset
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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!’
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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
‘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