Un­der the coverts with... Lord Forester

Willey Park Shoot, Shrop­shire

Shooting Gazette - - Shoot Briefing -

What’s the most chal­leng­ing as­pect of run­ning a shoot day?

En­sur­ing all Guns have some good sport. The range of to­pog­ra­phy here is well suited to shoot­ing and I am in con­stant con­ver­sa­tion with my head keeper so we can change drives de­pend­ing on wind and weather.

Which sin­gle as­pect takes up the ma­jor­ity of your time?

Many of my Guns are re­peat vis­i­tors so it is im­por­tant for me to try and vary their day. I have 14 drives, so I should be able to give peo­ple three com­pletely dif­fer­ent days. Some guns pre­fer shoot­ing in Willey’s park­land while oth­ers pre­fer wood­land shoot­ing. I try and be­spoke days to the clients’ wishes.

What’s the one ques­tion you wish more guns would ask of their shoot hosts?

About the his­tory of the shoot, which boasts the longestrun­ning con­tin­u­ous game book in Bri­tain; an un­bro­ken record since 1820. An­other sub­ject I like to dis­cuss is the prepa­ra­tion and eat­ing of game. While Eng­land shoots the most game we con­sume the least in Europe and yet there are many won­der­ful recipes. I of­fer Guns an oven-ready brace from Wil­low Game at the day’s end. For in­for­ma­tion on the Willey Park Shoot, shrop­shire, visit wil­ley­park­shoot.com

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