A RELAXING DAY’S “SHOOTING”
Stuart Bannon’s article about how shooting can help mental health really struck a chord with me. One day some time ago I was at my permission very early in the morning ready to bag a few corvids which had been plaguing the area. A really warm spell of weather had been around for some time and this morning promised a hot day.
I was in a hay barn with a clear line of sight over fields where the corvids gathered and rabbits usually were plentiful. I set myself up in a nice comfortable position on the bales of hay. The morning warmed up and I slowly unwound from the tensions of my highly stressful job. The bees started buzzing, butterflies fluttered by, a magpie chattered, a rabbit appeared and a few crows lazily flew around, but unfortunately never landed.
I settled back and just watched, eyelids drooping, just listening to the sounds of nature all around. All too soon it was time to pack up and go home, but I was totally relaxed and more than ready to face the coming week. What an absolutely great day’s shooting without, as Stuart said, a shot being fired. Anthony Griffin, Sutton Coldfield