Old-fash­ioned fun

Sporting Shooter - - Letters -

We have a good friend who has a small farm and a son and daugh­ter of sim­i­lar ages to my own (10 and 14). My son has been beat­ing this last sea­son and is keen to get into shoot­ing. So the farmer and I de­cided to in­tro­duce the ju­niors with a bit of a home­made straw bale shoot in the bot­tom field, along with some of the old-timers in the fam­ily who have been shoot­ing for years.

Set­ting it up was great fun, with all hands on deck and the old 1960s Massey Fer­gu­son pressed into ser­vice. We only had one man­ual trap at our dis­posal so de­vis­ing the dif­fer­ent tar­gets was an ex­er­cise in lat­eral think­ing.

Get­ting the kids to make a few shots and bust a few clays was re­ally ex­cel­lent but see­ing their en­thu­si­asm for tidy­ing up, col­lect­ing up the un­bro­ken clays and gen­er­ally muck­ing in was up­lift­ing. If only we could get them to be that keen on tidy­ing bed­rooms and do­ing home­work…

Mark Brown, via email

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