The Hit­man

Sport­ing Gun vis­its Grim­sthorpe Es­tate Shoot­ing Ground.

Sporting Gun - - CONTENTS - WORDS THE HIT­MAN Web­site: One is cur­rently be­ing built (www.grim­sthor­peshoot­ing­ground. co.uk) to co­in­cide with the open­ing of Grim­sthorpe’s ex­cit­ing new fa­cil­i­ties. Un­til then, you can visit www.face­book. com/grim­sthor­peestatesg or email info@ grim­spthor

Place: Grim­sthorpe Es­tate Shoot­ing Ground, Scot­tlethorpe Lane, Eden­ham, Bourne, Lincs PE10 OLN. Tele­phone 01778 591128.

“The high tow­ers here are al­ways a big draw and they’ll soon be joined by a 140ft gi­ant”

Easy to find? Yes, it’s close to Eden­ham vil­lage on the A151 con­nect­ing the market town of Bourne with the A1 at Col­ster­worth. When you reach Eden­ham turn into Scot­tlethorpe Lane and fol­low the sin­gle tracked road for about one mile. 9

Dis­ci­plines: Sport­ing, Sport­ing and Sport­ing – English, FITASC and Spor­trap. 9

Traps: There are 40 or more au­to­matic traps, all Pro­matic (ex­cept for two La­porte rab­bit launch­ers) ser­vic­ing in­nu­mer­able Sport­ing stands. There are no pay-per-clay coun­ters in use here, so you will need a pal to but­ton the tar­gets. 7

Tar­get qual­ity/va­ri­ety: Wha­haaaa… bril­liant! Grim­sthorpe’s en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion is built on show­ing Sport­ing birds par ex­cel­lence, both for prac­tice and com­pe­ti­tion. Ex­pert, novice and be­gin­ner are all catered for here with tar­get se­lec­tion be­ing changed reg­u­larly by owner, Mark Rus­sell, and grounds­man, Martin Novin­scak. 10

Prac­tice prices: Very rea­son­able con­sid­er­ing tar­get qual­ity and the sur­round­ings. Cur­rently £30 per hun­dred. En­try fee to 100-bird Sport­ing com­pe­ti­tions is £38 or £32 for birds only. FITASC 100-bird­ers run on the old sys­tem cost

£65. They book up well in ad­vance, so get your name on the list – you won’t be

dis­ap­pointed. Fail­ing that, you can of­ten shoot prac­tice birds for sev­eral days af­ter a com­pe­ti­tion has been held, be­fore the lay­outs are taken down. Tele­phone Mark or So­phie in the of­fice for de­tails. 9

Tu­ition: Mainly un­der­taken by highly ex­pe­ri­enced coach, Mark, but his son,

Rob, is now learn­ing the ropes and help­ing out. A num­ber of pack­ages are of­fered for groups and cor­po­rate par­ties, but a one-hour ses­sion with Mark runs out in the re­gion of £50. Tele­phone for de­tails and pos­si­ble dis­counts on se­ries book­ings. Loan guns are avail­able. 9

Ter­rain: All stands are set in a beau­ti­ful ma­ture wood­land with dry, in­ter con­nect­ing, foot­paths be­tween each. There’s one or two gen­tle slopes to ne­go­ti­ate, but noth­ing stren­u­ous. Good wheelchair ac­cess to stands clos­est to the club­house and Spor­trap lay­out. 8

Friendly? Of course. The fact clay shoot­ers and game shoot­ers keep re­turn­ing time af­ter time says it all.

Mark and his fam­ily have cre­ated a wel­com­ing at­mos­phere – nicely re­laxed

but ex­tremely pro­fes­sional. 9

What else? There’s a spa­cious car park as well as ad­e­quate club­house and toi­let fa­cil­i­ties. How­ever, things are about to get a whole lot bet­ter… 5

Ca­ter­ing: Hot food, sand­wiches, bev­er­ages and home baked cakes served on com­pe­ti­tion days and by prior ar­range­ment. Again, this is all about to change! Read on. 5

Open All Hours? Open for prac­tice and tu­ition dur­ing the week along with cor­po­rate days and group vis­its by ap­point­ment. It’s open ev­ery week­end for prac­tice and com­pe­ti­tions. Doubt­less when the new shoot­ing lodge is up and run­ning the ground will be fully open week-through. More de­tails soon. 8

Sport­ing The ground’s en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion is built on show­ing Sport­ing birds

Ter­rain The stands are set in a beau­ti­ful ma­ture wood­land

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