Does your shooting bucketlist contain these 11 things? If not it should. Start now.
This shooting bucketlist will raise a shiver of excitement in all those who love to brandish their barrels. If you tick these off can you declare yourself a true Fielder? Not without dashing off the 5 things to add to your fishing bucketlist and 5 things to add to your hunting bucketlist too.
SHOOTING BUCKETLIST: 11 THINGS TO ADD
- Own a London sidelock
You may need to mortgage your house before investing in a bespoke side-by-side from a traditional gunmaker, but view it as an investment, and a bucketlist cert.
- Bag more than 100 pigeon in a day
Scoring a century at this brilliantly sporting bird takes accuracy, skill and some luck. Make your attempt in May and June with a top guide, such as Phil Beasley, to show you the ropes.
- Make The FIELD’s top shots list
Take account of fieldcraft and not just numbers and you will be halfway there. Alternatively, be born a Percy. To nominate a truly exceptional shot, contact The Field’s secretary.
- Shoot a perfect centre at Stickledown Range, Bisley
The target looks tiny at 1,200yd, so boost your chances with some coaching in long-range shooting from the National Rifle Association of the UK, or take the WMS Steel Challenge.
- Shoot a foreshore grey goose
Your best chance is on the east coast. BASC members can visit the foreshore courtesy of the BASC Wildfowling Permit Scheme. A booklet, giving the details, is free from BASC.
- Have a day at true, wild English partridges
Little can compare to a day on true, wild greys. The Duke of Norfolk’s Peppering shoot at Arundel is the ultimate venue for the grey aficionados. At present, one day a year is let.
- Bag a Right-and-left at woodcock
The only way you can join the Shooting Times Woodcock Club is to bag a right-and-left of these elusive birds. Wait for the first falls in late October and early November, then head north-east. Season: 1 October to 31 January.
- Flight sandgrouse
These lagopus-like birds make exciting shooting and are good to eat. Season: 1 September to end October and 1 January to end of February.
- Shoot grouse on the Twelfth
Whether walked-up or driven, the only way to celebrate the new season is a day on the moor.
Speak to Rob Fenwick at EJ Churchill.
- Shoot a royal
The stag must have 12 points on its antlers to count as a Royal, and if you are lucky enough to bag one it should definitely be destined for a prominent perch in the hall.
- Shoot a British ptarmigan
Found mostly in Scotland. The season is from12 August to 10 December.