CALL­ING THE SHOTS

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“If you think it is clever to be shoot­ing a high ra­tio of car­tridges to pheas­ants killed you should have a proper think about what you are do­ing.”

Tim Bon­ner, chief ex­ec­u­tive, Coun­try­side Al­liance

“A high pheas­ant, for me, is around 60 yards. Any more than that then you run the risk of the Guns not hit­ting any­thing.”

Steve Ridge, Hamp­shire head­keeper

“Guns shoot­ing at birds that are out­side their ca­pa­bil­i­ties should be metaphor­i­cally tarred and feathered, es­pe­cially if they try to claim any glory from ‘clip­ping it’, which is the worst crime in game shoot­ing.”

Liam Stokes, head of shoot­ing, Coun­try­side Al­liance

“Your low­est point on any game day should be when you wound a bird. You know what your own limit is, but we all have off days when th­ese lim­its may change.”

Chris Horne, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Gun­son­pegs

“Overly high pheas­ants are ones that are shot at and rarely cleanly killed. Guns should know what they can and can’t kill and shoot ac­cord­ingly’’ Liam Bell, chair­man, NGO

“A pheas­ant is too high when it is beyond the ca­pac­ity of your gun, am­mu­ni­tion or per­sonal skill.”

Christo­pher Graf­fius, di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, BASC

“If I have a good day shoot­ing 40-yard pheas­ants, I’m pretty thrilled. Surely a good Shot should delight in a high car­tridge-to-kill ra­tio rather than be­ing able to clip a me­te­oric bird?” Pa­trick Gal­braith, Ed­i­tor, “Too high for me would be when­ever they start to lose their sweet, fresh flavour. So around five days in the fridge.”

Tim Mad­dams, chef and Shot

“I be­lieve that a pheas­ant at 50-plus yards can be a chal­lenge for any shooter, no mat­ter how many years they’ve been shoot­ing for.”

Ed Wills, deputy ed­i­tor,

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