An­other wild bunch

Sporting Shooter - - Readers’ Letters -

It is great to read the new se­ries from Alex Hat­ton and I am look­ing for­ward to fu­ture in­stal­ments. Some friends and I re­cently had the op­por­tu­nity to take on shoot­ing rights on some lo­cal land that has been shot over in the past. We don’t wish to cre­ate a driven shoot per se; our main aim is to have some­where that we can go and spend time in the field to­gether, work­ing our dogs and hope­fully re­turn­ing with some­thing for the pot. In the spirit of Ru­pert But­ler and his ad­ven­tures!

We have a small wood, a stream bound­ing one edge and some marshy ground. We are keen con­ser­va­tion­ists and want to en­cour­age a good mix of game from rab­bits and hares to duck and wood­cock, as well as a few pheas­ants that sneak in from a neigh­bour­ing shoot.

For me, this is the essence of our sport – work­ing to help make the coun­try­side ap­peal­ing for wildlife, and har­vest­ing a lit­tle wild meat in re­turn.

Grant May­bury, via email

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