The Countryman's Weekly


October 11
08:10 2017

WEB1-11-10-17How will the travelling shooter fare when we leave Europe?

By Stuart Farr.

FOR the keen shooter there’s nothing more exciting than being able to mix in a bit of shooting while on holiday. Indeed, for many enthusiasts shooting abroad is their actual holiday so being able to take your own gun to the chosen vacation destination is a key element toward achieving a form of shooting nirvana.

I tried it once. Sadly, it didn’t quite work out. It was in the early noughties and a friend of mine had invited me to stay at his quiet, isolated, rural retreat in Eire. “Bring your gun,” he told me, “there are rabbits jumping all over my nice vegetable patch. They are getting so fat and slow, you can almost pick ‘em off with a big stick.”

He sent me a picture taken early one morning from his bedroom window. Unfortunately I don’t have it any longer but I kid you not, it was akin to a scene from a Wallace and Gromit production. I’ve seen a few things in my time – an army of frogs, a mischief of rats, a murder of crows and a business of ferrets – but I had never before seen such a large colony of rabbits just sitting and scoffing openly. It had all the makings of a shooter’s dream come true.




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