New­bie

Sporting Gun - - LETTER OF THE MONTH -

I’m pretty new to shoot­ing, hav­ing had my shot­gun cer­tifi­cate for a year now. I went beat­ing on a lo­cal farm shoot last year and have shot some clays and been pi­geon shoot­ing with a friend a few times.

I was al­ways told that the shoot­ing world is dif­fi­cult to get into, with peo­ple be­ing quite cliquey, so I was just won­der­ing what ad­vice you could give to a per­son new to the sport. What are the best ways to get in­volved and get recog­nised as a re­spon­si­ble shooter?

Matt Grigg, Ox­ford­shire

Thanks for your let­ter, Matt. Get­ting a per­mis­sion is not an easy task. It’s not that shoot­ers are cliquey, but land is a scarce com­mod­ity. We will do some ar­ti­cles on this over the next few months, but it sounds as if you’re al­ready do­ing the right things.

Ed –

Olivia en­joy­ing Sport­ing Gun

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