Un­der the coverts with... Robert Everitt

Busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager, Hull Car­tridge Com­pany (HCC)

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What’s the big­gest change that you’ve seen in the car­tridge in­dus­try dur­ing your time at HCC?

I see a great deal more in­ter­est in get­ting the right car­tridge for the quarry or dis­ci­pline. We de­liver car­tridges like the Driven Grouse and High Pheas­ant Ex­treme as a di­rect re­sult of our affin­ity and as­so­ci­a­tion with the grass roots of the sport. The fu­ture is very much fi­bre and we are also lead­ing the change for game shoot­ers to use fi­bre car­tridges

What does HCC and the car­tridge in­dus­try as a whole need from Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions in or­der to re­main com­pet­i­tive?

There’s lots of hype or neg­a­tiv­ity sur­round­ing

Brexit but I see shot­gun cer­tifi­cate ap­pli­ca­tions have risen and we are con­stantly meet­ing new shoot­ers at great events like the Game Fair. We will be ex­hibit­ing again at Ra­gley so it will be a great op­por­tu­nity for cus­tomers to meet the ex­perts. There will con­tinue to be good op­por­tu­ni­ties for strong brands that can of­fer qual­ity and prod­ucts that meet the re­quire­ments of the dis­cern­ing shooter.

Which do you pre­fer, sim­u­lated or driven game shoot­ing, and why?

I love both but game shoot­ing is where my heart is. Sim­u­lated gives ex­cep­tional value for money and fun. Shoot­ing at Raisthorpe Fly­ers, Bryn­g­wyn or Six Mile Bot­tom you can even have a dif­fer­ent style of day, just like game shoot­ing. I think the best sim­u­lated shoots are of a team/ syn­di­cate who want to hone their skills and en­joy poach­ing their neigh­bours ‘bird’. The one thing sep­a­rat­ing a great sim­u­lated day from just shoot­ing clays is the host­ing of the day, the ban­ter and the scenery. Game shoot­ing will al­ways be my favourite be­cause it has it all: scenery, great com­pany and the chal­lenge of no two birds be­ing the same. I’ve been to some amaz­ing lo­ca­tions and shot some of the most test­ing shoots in the coun­try. Pit­ting your wits against your quarry and en­joy­ing a great day, that’s what it’s all about.

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