LETTER OF THE MONTH WIN THE JACK PYKE HUNTERS BOOTS
I once attended an ‘open your garden to the public’ event in my home town, and I was being shown around a chap’s wonderful back garden, which was absolutely packed with beautiful perennials, shrubs and border plants. Beyond the garden itself was a 10-acre plot, on which stood some stables, plus two large paddocks and at least a couple of acres that had been turned over to vegetables, hazelnut trees and a large ornamental pond.
It was a truly impressive place and I was saying as much to the owner, when we both spotted the unmistakable form of a rat emerging from beneath a water trough in the nearest paddock. I asked the owner if he had much of a problem with vermin, and it was like he’d been waiting for ages to talk to someone about it. He told me rats, squirrels and pigeons were the bane of his life, and that mink had even taken some of his koi, but that his wife ‘hated guns, traps and poison’, so he really was at a loss about what to do. I’m not normally cheeky, but I asked him if his wife ever went away for a day or two, and he laughed and told me she was going to France for a five-day cookery course the next week. It’s too late to cut a long story short, but the owner and I seemed to hit it off and I volunteered to come round and see what I could do to help his vermin problems.
That was a year ago, I’ve been really successful in controlling those pests, and since then the owner and I have become firm friends. His wife even knows why I call round, although she usually stays in the house while I go about my vermin-clearance duties. My silenced Air Arms Ultimate Sporter is the perfect tool for this job, and I’ve found the perfect place to use it. I came to see a garden and found a piece of hunting paradise. Never stop looking – you never know what might become available! LES HENSHAW
Lovely story, Les, and you’re absolutely right, mate, we never know when and where that precious permission will present itself. Please let me know your boot size and I’ll get a pair of those excellent Hunters in the post to you. If anyone else has found a shoot, or any airgunning opportunity, in an unusual place, please let us know, OK? - Ed
Thanks to the generosity of the people at Jack Pyke, we’re able to give away a pair of the brand new Hunters boots every month to the reader we consider to have sent the best letter. That’s 120 quid’s worth of excellent footwear, just for letting us...