Fu­ture top shot

The Field - - Letters -

One of our fu­ture great shots is James Attwood. I first met James on the South Downs par­tridge shoot when he was 19 years old. The first drive was Wa­ter Hall, pre­sent­ing ex­tremely high birds (too high for me). James was three stands away, tak­ing par­tridges out left and right at 60yd plus. Un­be­liev­able. He is now 25 years old and although I’m 70 we have been shoot­ing to­gether ever since, mainly stalking.

Last sea­son, on his fam­ily’s es­tate on the Isle of Shep­pey, my­self and some other guns watched James shoot a right-and-left (one wigeon, one mal­lard) in a very strong wind. My springer, Yogi, re­trieved the mal­lard 200yd be­hind the line. I said to James, “They are so high mate they had ice on their wings.” Ap­par­ently, two weeks later he shot a right-and-left on

pin­tails at the same dis­tance. I now see why he’s in the Bri­tish Sport­ing Team, a great mate of our top Kent man Ge­orge Dig­weed and spon­sored by Per­azzi and Game­bore.

An amaz­ing young man and it’s a priv­i­lege for my son, DJ, and our fam­ily to be friends of the Attwoods. Luck­ily for DJ, James gives him tu­ition.

Dave Rudd, by email

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