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Shooting

Shooting
December 19
08:02 2018

Testing shots at the Russell Shoot

By Ben Skipper.

AS a countrysports writer I have a unique and privileged position in life. I’m not only able to join fellow countryman and women on their numerous adventures, I then have the opportunity to write about the innumerable excitements and experiences that follow.

One of my first articles for The Countryman’s Weekly concerned a day with the Guns of the Russell Estate Shoot in Lincolnshire. A great day was had then so the opportunity to write about some of their new drives was not to be sniffed at.

Given the exceptionally warm summer and mild autumn I wasn’t too sure what to expect from the birds of the Russell which this season is predominantly pheasant. Come the appointed morning the sky was grey and threatening rain.

As the Guns assembled and pegs were drawn the talk of the morning was clearly the new drives. Having visited one at the end of last season I was interested to see how it had developed over the summer and early autumn.

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