Being a 61-year-old woman it’s probably one of the last things you would think about me doing on a winters day, but here I am having a great day out at Adam Morton’s Rectory Farm Shoot in Carmarthenshire.

Armed with my beating stick, enthusiasm and waterproof clothing, off I go. Being part of the team led by gamekeeper Phillip on the right in the picture. Helping to put the birds up over the Guns. Jumping onto a trailer or back of a pick-up full of dogs and other beaters off we go to another drive. Everyone full of banter and high spirits, it really is a great day out.

So much cheaper than keeping fit at the gym. Your able to enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside views. There is so much wildlife to see when walking through the woodlands and cover crops. And the best thing is making some good friends along the way.

Beaters, pickers and stops are an important part of a Pheasant Shoot and Adam Morton on the left in the picture knows he has a good team around him. A team that turns out in all weathers, working their dogs that have been trained for the job.
It is nice to see that lately there are more and more women enjoying the sport that was once so dominated by men. Come on girls keep it up.

Pearl Powell


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