An­nie get your gun

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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

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