Mon­key Busi­ness

The North­ern Mon­key crew shows what team spirit and hard work can achieve

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The North­ern Mon­keys re­port on their lat­est suc­cess­ful char­ity shoot

North­ern Mon­key HFT, a DIY group of shoot­ers in the North East, spent a long sea­son trav­el­ling and learn­ing from the many ex­cel­lent cour­ses set out in the sum­mer of 2018, so it was time to take that learn­ing and put on their ma­jor event of the year, The An­drew Luck­ley Me­mo­rial. If there is one thing that is clear for all course setters and event or­gan­is­ers, there is a great deal to be done in or­der to be suc­cess­ful.

Prepa­ra­tions ac­tu­ally be­gan many months ago, with group de­ci­sions on for­mat, tim­ing and spon­sor­ships as far back as June. With a wide set of skills and back­grounds to draw upon, the more out­go­ing of the team brought in the spon­sors and sup­plier sup­port; Air Arms, Op­tics Ware­house and BASC, to men­tion just a few, whilst the more re­served spent many a night locked away in sheds and dens pre­par­ing equip­ment and ma­te­ri­als.

Two main spon­sor­ship paths are al­ways part of the event; raf­fle prizes to help cover the group’s ex­penses, and lane spon­sor­ship go­ing di­rectly to the Lochaber Moun­tain Res­cue Team. Both av­enues were ex­tremely well sup­ported, and the Lochaber Moun­tain Res­cue Team re­ceived 180% of its tar­get.


The day be­gan with a short pe­riod cor­ralling the guest shoot­ers for early morn­ing cake and raf­fle ticket sales. It was not long be­fore the course de­sign team, Peter Muir and Dave Dresser, emerged from the woods hav­ing set out a much-an­tic­i­pated course, and af­ter a brief zero check, it was time to march off into the wood for the safety brief­ing.

So it be­gan, and the con­di­tions were per­fect. There was a sig­nif­i­cant and changeable wind, but not too gusty, dry ground, and light cloud pro­vided con­trast to the late sum­mer trees.

The hard work that Peter and Dave had put in re­ally showed. New ar­eas of wood were used with wide-open, long-range lanes, as well as deep, dense fo­liage tun­nels for pegs of all ranges. Use of the ground and flora to cre­ate some quite im­pos­si­ble range es­ti­ma­tions came time and time again, with many a range only es­timable through the scope. Peg 5, a 16-inch high, 35mm, 40-odd yarder, that looks for all the world like it was a 25mm, 30 yards away, raised many an eye­brow. Peg 19, the ‘fall­ing up­wards’ NMHFT mon­key tar­get raised many a sec­ond look. Peg 20 was like shoot­ing fish in a bar­rel, lit­er­ally, be­cause it was a fish in a bar­rel. The ‘clang’ car­ried well through­out the whole wood when missed, rais­ing smiles ev­ery­where. It’s a mark of the qual­ity of the course and the com­pet­i­tive­ness of the shoot­ers that some tar­gets were called for a check, but the sin­gle ses­sion of some 45 shoot­ers ran smoothly and was over all too soon. Ev­ery­one agreed the course was top class, which showed just how much progress the group has made in such a short space of time.


A quick tally up of scores and we were ready for the prize­giv­ing of some quite unique and cus­tom North­ern Mon­key tro­phies from Ad­vanced Tar­gets, which were re­garded by all as re­ally rather spe­cial. Then be­gan the mega faf­fle. Many gen­er­ous do­na­tions for the raf­fle, and the fan­tas­tic take up of tick­ets from our friends have en­abled us to con­tinue for an­other sea­son. North­ern Mon­key are ex­tremely grate­ful for all the sup­port through­out 2018 and we’re de­ter­mined to be a force to be reck­oned with in 2019!

“The ‘clang’ car­ried well though­out the whole wood when missed”

Tar­gets deep within the woods to con­found rangefind­ing

The Mega Raf­fle

Re­tain­ing his Open Class win, Mark Wil­son

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