Dream team

Shoot­ing in­struc­tor and shoot cap­tain at Kedle­ston Es­tate Shoot, Der­byshire

Shooting Gazette - - Shoot Briefing - by Steven Poun­tain

Iam at home what­ever I shoot but I do like to see game shot cleanly and used in the food chain. It is nice to have big­ger days but a well-or­gan­ised DIY shoot has its at­trac­tion. Whether for ver­min or game, I just love it all. For my dream team’s treat I would love them to ex­pe­ri­ence a day in the grouse butts in Der­byshire, my home county. First on my list would be Jack

Har­g­reaves. His pre­sen­ta­tion of the coun­try­side in his tele­vi­sion se­ries Out of

Town and Old Coun­try was an in­sight to me as to what was around the cor­ner, hav­ing been born in the city of Derby and mov­ing out into the coun­try at an early age.

Next would be Jack Charl­ton. Be­ing given a copy of his Jack’s Game took my in­ter­est in coun­try sports onto the next step of the lad­der and gave me a sense of where to go next: shoot­ing.

Ge­orge Dig­weed would also join us.

It is a plea­sure to watch him shoot on a cor­po­rate day with so much ease and ac­cu­racy. He is the most un­der-ac­cred­ited sportsper­son in the UK. Well done that man.

Next is Jack Mckay, an en­gi­neer, coun­try­man and close friend, not to men­tion a great shot and men­tor who was full of en­thu­si­asm. He was cer­tainly the guy to have around if your gun broke. Sadly missed.

David Aspinall is my fifth choice. ‘Apsi’ is a leg­end and in ev­ery way a shoot­ing man. Now a game­keeper, his en­thu­siam where shoot­ing is in­volved is in­fec­tious.

Next up is Dean ‘The Bomber’ How­ells, a Welsh­man and an­other in­fec­tious per­son­al­ity, en­cour­ag­ing me to eat, drink and be merry. He loves the shoot day ca­ma­raderie and his gen­eros­ity and hos­pi­tal­ity are fan­tas­tic. A shoot isn’t the same with­out him.

Steve Bramley of Doveridge Clay Sports is an unas­sum­ing guy, happy in his over­alls around the ground yet his knowl­edge and ad­vice to peo­ple of all ages goes a long way.

Last but not least is Lucy ‘X’, a six-yearold girl who came for a les­son at a Game Fair dressed all in pink and sat on my knee shak­ing. She shot 8/10, beat her brother with the crowd ap­plaud­ing her. That’s what makes be­ing an in­struc­tor worth­while.

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