Wild birds, fu­ture stars

David Egan joins the BASC Young Shots for a driven day in Lan­cashire where the next gen­er­a­tion try their hand at par­tridges and ducks

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Every Gun’s first bird is spe­cial, re­gard­less of whether it was shot in bog­lands, flat­lands, wet­lands or the high­lands. Many choose to pre­pare it for the pot, oth­ers proudly mount it so that the mem­ory stays with them for­ever.

But for the older gen­er­a­tion, when the dreaded day ar­rives that missed shots be­come more ap­par­ent, we are all safe in the knowl­edge that the Young Shot days or­gan­ised by BASC will pre­pare the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to re­place the old shoot­ing souls.

The lat­est BASC North Young Shots event was a driven duck and par­tridge day, gen­er­ously hosted by a group of farm­ers from the coast of ru­ral Lan­cashire. The young­sters trav­elled to the farm for their first taste of driven shoot­ing un­der the close su­per­vi­sion of ex­pe­ri­enced men­tors.

Formed in the 1995-1996 sea­son and made up of five farm­ers, the syn­di­cate shoot cov­ers 1,500 acres made up of mainly grass­land with a few acres of maize cover crop ei­ther side of the man­aged hedgerows.

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