Save beat­ers from an ‘odi­ous nephew’

Shooting Gazette - - Letters -

With re­gard to the ‘odi­ous nephew’ in Un­cle Giles’s Elevenses col­umn last month, why put him in the beating line? Hav­ing a crea­ture like this con­tained in the beating line can be dis­rup­tive, and which beater do you sin­gle out to care take him? If the beater got round him, the un­cle might take of­fence. It is also un­fair on other Guns, who may be try­ing to es­cape their own off­spring for a day, to have to chas­tise an­other per­son’s child. I sup­pose the un­cle could be asked to join the beating line with him, or help with the game cart on the premise the child be shown dif­fer­ent as­pects of the day.

There will be those who say young­sters need to be en­cour­aged to the sport, to which I agree, but badly su­per­vised, ill-be­haved chil­dren are a pain. If you take a child to a shoot, you should be re­spon­si­ble for the child. The only way of deal­ing with this is to have a straight­for­ward con­ver­sa­tion with the un­cle. These sub­jects can never be tack­led by sug­ges­tion.

Tracey Ball, by email

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