Shooting instructor and shoot captain at Kedleston Estate Shoot, Derbyshire
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.