Under the coverts with... Robert Everitt
Business development manager, Hull Cartridge Company (HCC)
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.