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Catapults

Catapults
January 22
08:02 2020

Simple and effective way to hunt…

By Stuart Farr.

SHOOTING and fishing are often reported to be the two most ‘popular’ sports in the UK in terms of active participants… and it’s hardly surprising. Their roots go back many years to an era when hunter gathering was a question of survival and therefore a real necessity.

Nowadays, however, these two much-loved countrysports appear to overlap less often. Shooters tend to be shooters and fishermen (or women) do their fishing thing. Guns and tackle-shop combinations are less frequently seen on the high street.

Technological advances in both sports may have encouraged participants (and retailers) to ‘specialise’ in either one activity or the other. Unless you’re an internet giant, browsing generally tends to favour a more ‘niche’ offering for the consumer. As the two have diverged, therefore, one struggles to think of ways where they continue to have synergy – apart from an overarching appreciation of the great outdoors and country pursuits.

An interesting link came to me from an unlikely place… my garage. During a recent rummage I stumbled upon my old catapult… the very one I had used as a child. A catapult is a tool frequently used in a fishing context. Likewise, with slightly different adaptations, it’s an instrument used for both hunting and target practice.

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