The Countryman's Weekly


May 25
07:08 2022

All the kit and caboodle for dealing with game meat

By Matthew Dutton.

IF one thing can be said about us country folk who are involved in any kind of hunting, shooting or fishing-related hobby, it’s that we love our kit. Any opportunity to add to it is always taken, even some bit of equipment that may only have a small use once or twice a year is obtained and ready for that rare occasion when it becomes useful.

It’s hard to explain to any non-shooter just how many jackets are needed, one for each shooting discipline, then one of those for each season and one for every possible weather, and still two sets of all those, one for best and one for getting dirty.

It’s the same with all the kit. It’s not a fashion or convenience thing, not for me anyway, most of it is needed. Indeed, some of my outings wouldn’t run as smoothly (or even at all) without most of my kit.

Pigeon shooting is by far my first passion and thankfully the kit for this is long lived, provided it’s looked after. The decoys need only the odd new paint job each year and pigeon magnets and flappers are easily tweaked and mended on the very rare occasion they break.


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