young guns

The Field - - LETTERS -

Young peo­ple do things dif­fer­ently as Young in the Field (July is­sue) rightly ob­serves. Apart from (usu­ally) be­ing pro­fes­sion­ally trained in us­ing a gun, they can also (usu­ally) iden­tify a low-gain op­por­tu­nity when they see one.

Not be­ing driven by a de­sire to kill some­thing, they view flog­ging round the coun­try on the of­fchance of half-a-dozen pi­geon and a few corvids as a low-gain op­por­tu­nity. The al­ter­na­tive, hal­fan-hour at a clay-pi­geon ground with as many chal­leng­ing tar­gets as you like, is much more at­trac­tive.

In­deed, some peo­ple might feel a lit­tle un­easy about such a small tally. It’s not ver­min con­trol in any mean­ing­ful way, it’s not even sport.

An­other source of un­ease to the game-shoot­ing com­mu­nity should be the pheas­ant slaugh­ter high­lighted in Charles Nod­der’s ex­cel­lent piece. If we’re not very care­ful this one will turn round and bite us on the bum. Prob­a­bly sooner rather than later.

Richard Cap­stick, by email

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