A POEM TO LIVE BY

Shooting Times & Country Magazine - - LETTERS -

re­gard­ing the Young shots ar­ti­cle (real po­etry in mo­tion, 21 Novem­ber), richard Ne­gus refers to the great poem A Fa­ther’s Ad­vice. Mark han­bury Beau­foy’s words were im­printed upon me from a very early age and I was told — or rather com­manded — by my fa­ther to mem­o­rise th­ese words and re­cite them to the en­tire fam­ily with hands be­hind my back and head held high.

“only then,” my fa­ther said, “will you un­der­stand the true mean­ing of the words.” Look­ing back on it now, learn­ing the words did me a lot of good and I can still re­cite the poem even now in my old age.

When I am for­tu­nate to raise a gun to a pheas­ant or par­tridge, the words of the poem come float­ing back and re­mind me again and again of the safety or­ders in the field. I only hope

12 • Shoot­ing times & Coun­try mag­a­zine the young Guns ris­ing through the ranks heed the safety rules as much as I did be­cause, in th­ese un­cer­tain times, safety within our sport is para­mount.

J. Hare, Gloucestershire I re­ally en­joyed Mr stof­fell’s ar­ti­cle on us­ing ev­ery bit of veni­son be­cause it is so im­por­tant not to waste such de­li­cious and nu­tri­tious meat (Waste not, want not, 21 Novem­ber). hav­ing the ex­per­tise and knowl­edge of butcher­ing a car­case is in­valu­able to a field­sports­man, as I have learned over the years.

how­ever, though sika are tasty, the real prize is munt­jac. If you can get your hands on a haunch, smoke it then slice it into thin strips. With a glass of sau­vi­gnon blanc, it goes down quite well.

B. Gaven­dell, Devon I am re­luc­tant to give Amer­i­can hun­tress Larysa swit­lyk yet more pub­lic­ity — as it seems that’s what she craves — but I was hor­ri­fied by the vile pic­tures of her with a dead sheep and an adult toy cov­ered in blood.

Many of my friends were dis­gusted by her ear­lier so­cial me­dia posts in which she posed with var­i­ous an­i­mals she’d killed and boasted about her prow­ess. I de­fended her, ex­plain­ing about cull beasts and point­ing out that she had har­vested the an­i­mals for the ta­ble.

But now she has gone too far. My un­der­stand­ing is that she is a qual­i­fied ac­coun­tant so is clearly not stupid, but her ac­tions would sug­gest oth­er­wise. Any sup­port she might have had from the shoot­ing and field­sports com­mu­ni­ties has been

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