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
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.