‘Nothing tops a day out on the Scottish side of the Cheviot hills on a crisp, frosty day. Or the laughs on the beaters cart, even when you’re soaked to the skin.’ – Eildon Sibbald

eildon-2At 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.

This season I now beat for 4 local commercial shoots and the same original syndicate shoot. Nothing tops a day out on the Scottish side of the Cheviot hills on a crisp, frosty day. Or the laughs on the beaters cart, even when you’re soaked to the skin. Or, over a nip of sloe gin, listening to the old boys telling their stories that usually start with “when I was a young lad”.

You make friendships that last a lifetime with people from all walks of life and all ages – whether you’re shooting for the day, picking up or beating. Everyone’s part of the team!

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! #loveofshooting.

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