Annie get your gun
THE number of women taking part in shooting in Scotland, particularly grouse, has been steadily increasing for years, according to the Scottish Moorland Group initiative The Gift of Grouse. Lady members of the BASC are up 10% on last year at 11,000 and Home Office figures show that some 35,367 women now hold shotgun certificates, albeit only making up about 6% of the total number.
New shooting clubs are cited as a catalyst and, according to the Gunsonpegs Census of 2016, women shoot fewer days per year than men, but their average bag on a driven day is higher, at 155 compared with 135.
‘When I started shooting almost 30 years ago, it was unusual to see a woman in a clay or game-day lineup. I’m thrilled to see how this has changed as the years have passed,’ says Cara Richardson, member of the BASC Council and the BASC Scottish committee chair. ‘A conversation at lunchtime on a BASC Ladies game day in 2013 led to the formation of the Scottish Ladies Shooting Club. The way in which the club has grown since then is proof of the increased interest in shotgun shooting from women of all ages and backgrounds.’
As women on the field are clearly here to stay, isn’t it time people stopped referring to them as ‘lady guns’?
More women than ever are heading to the grouse moor