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Meet our Young Shots Journalists 2020

Lewis Bretherton

YOUNG SHOTS JOURNALISTS

I was born and bred in the glorious county of Lancashire which houses some of the greatest variety of shooting sports in the country. From the magnificent grouse moors all the way to the muddy foreshore, I have been truly blessed to spend 19 wonderful years here surrounded by shooting.

I started my shooting life around the age of four by going out with my dad on the marsh and my grandad picking-up; this is where my love for the countryside first began to blossom. I was granted my shotgun certificate aged seven and joined two local wildfowling clubs as a Young Shot so that I could go out with my father and carry on the family’s wildfowling tradition.

I have attended country shows and game fairs up and down the country and I now have the title of BASC’s Lead Young Shots Ambassador in the Northern region. I try to fly the flag for young people within the shooting world. I also have a huge passion for conservation and my latest ‘BASC Bird Box Project’ has been a huge success with more than 1,000 boxes now up on shoots and in woodland across the UK. It has even been recognised by a number of MPs!

I’m proud to be able to show that the shooting world is not just about pulling the trigger but also the countryside and the environment.

Euan Trower

YOUNG SHOTS JOURNALISTS

I’m a 19-year-old student from rural Devon. I currently study history and politics at the University of Warwick.
I’m a keen shooter and conservationist who cares deeply about the countryside. I spent most of my childhood outside with friends, building dens, climbing trees and exploring the countryside which felt like an uncharted wilderness.
A fundamental part of my growing up was learning how to use guns and knives responsibly; I now respect them as essential tools. I didn’t learn hunting as a cruel, outdated endeavour; I find it is a way to maintain the bond between countryman and countryside. However, this way of life is threatened by increasingly intolerant views based on simple misunderstanding.
For many the countryside is redundant, hunting is cruel and the people who live there nothing more than tourist attractions. I would like to change this view.

Seren Middleton

YOUNG SHOTS JOURNALISTS

My name is Seren, I’m 13-years-old.

I’ve been attending game fairs since I was a toddler and actively taking part in the many activities they offer. This encouraged my love of the countryside and, more recently, shotgun shooting.

I’m currently having shotgun lessons and have the ambition of shooting competitively in the future. In fact, I’d love to represent my country in the Olympics one day!

I often tag along with my dad when he goes deer stalking and he’s taught me lots about deer management. I have four dogs and 18 chickens which keep me pretty busy when I’m not at school.

As a teenager with access to the internet and the media, I’m very aware of the impact that we humans are having on our planet. I’m living in a time where so many things are considered ‘disposable’ and I know that this isn’t sustainable in the long-term.

I’d love to be able to investigate new products and alternative ways of doing things within the sport of shooting and spread awareness.

Edward Lyon

YOUNG SHOTS JOURNALISTS

My name is Edward Lyon and I’m 16. I’m in year 11 at secondary school so being a Young Shots Journalist helps me in my GCSEs.
I hope to expand my literature skills. My hobbies include horse riding, farming and shooting. I’ve only recently started clay shooting and I want to learn more about the sport.
I hope that my experience with getting into shooting so recently will allow me to write articles to help introduce more young people into this sport. I have a keen interest in current affairs and feel passionate about protecting the past, present and future of the sport.

Mark Knott

YOUNG SHOTS JOURNALIST

My name is Mark Knott and I’m 14-years-old. I live in East Sussex where I often go ferreting and shooting with my dad and a friend called George.
I am observant and very committed to the countryside issues. I think providing content for the BASC Young Shots page will be a good opportunity for me because I’m trying to help people understand what the shooting and conservation community is all about.
I hope to make more people understand how much good we do for the countryside and the environment.

Meet our Young Shots Journalists 2019

Spencer Barber

Young Shots Journalist Winner

I’m 17 years old and live in the North East of England, but I was born in Hong Kong, where I lived for two years, then moved to Penang for three years. I never have imagined that I would ever shoot, let alone write for BASC! I’m currently studying at sixth form and love swimming and shooting. I fell in love with the landscapes of the north Pennines. Their raw beauty and wildlife is truly breath-taking and has helped me develop an awareness of the environment around me I wrote my first article because I feel shooting is perceived as disrespectful to nature, when, in truth, it’s the complete opposite. The contribution made to small communities is astronomical. In reality, shooters are ordinary people (although I do believe I’m addicted to shooting). If we can bring to light shooting’s contributions and benefits, others’ perception of it will change.

Euan Trower

Young Shots Journalists Winner

I’m 18-year-old A-level student from rural Devon. The countryside will always be a crucial part of me. I spent most of my childhood outside with friends, building dens, climbing trees and exploring the countryside which felt like an uncharted wilderness. A fundamental part of my growing up was learning how to use guns and knives responsibly; I now respect them as essential tools. I didn’t learn hunting as a cruel, outdated endeavour; I learned hunting as a way to maintain the bond between countryman and countryside. However, this way of life is threatened by increasingly intolerant views based on simple misunderstanding. For many, the countryside is redundant, hunting is cruel and the people who live there nothing more than tourist attractions. This is why in my article I call for greater opportunity to be given to people who’ve never experienced the world I live in, so they can learn to appreciate rural Britain too.

Flora Wilson

Young Shots Journalist Winner

I’m a 16-year-old from the South West of England. Besides shooting, fishing and hunting, I enjoy photography (I run a pet photography business at the weekends) and reading. I have three younger siblings and live on a smallholding at the moment. When I’m not away at boarding school, I enjoy the countryside and spending time with my family. At the moment, I’m preparing for my GCSEs – my favourite are ancient languages and writing-based subjects. The first article I wrote for BASC is about gundogs. The decline of certain breeds is something close to my heart, as I own two dogs, one a rare gundog breed. Through my photography and dog showing I have come across many vulnerable breeds. It’s so easy to go for the easy option instead of helping to save a breed that does the job just as well. I hope I will able to do something about it.

Jemima Idiens

Young Shots Journalists Winner

I’m ten years old and was thrilled when I was picked as one of the Young Shots Journalists. I live in Berkshire with my family and our two black labs, which we have trained to be gundogs. At school, I am very passionate about writing. When I was seven I started my own book blog, which I really enjoy doing. I also love singing, drama and all sports, especially running and hockey. Ever since I was little, whenever I have looked around the shooting schools, a lot of men and boys surrounded me, so I think we need more women and girls involved. I have been inspired by my brother and my dad to get into shooting. They kept telling me to have a go, so I did. My whole family loves to shoot and spend time in the countryside. I will be writing again soon!

Michael Little

Young Shots Journalists Winner

I’m 16 years old and live in Dumfries and Galloway and together with my father and brother I help to control pests on local farms, which is really important to me; it helps both the wildlife and farmers. That’s why my first article focused on crows, which are a major problem where I live. I’m also a beater on a neighbouring commercial shoot, which I found was a great way to get into shooting. I have had a few opportunities to shoot pheasants and partridges, and one of the best days so far was the BASC Glen Ample Young Shots Day in Perthshire in January 2018. I have always shot with side by sides; my ambition is to own a Damascus-barrelled hammer gun, though that might not be suitable for shooting crows! I am looking forward to seeing if a career in journalism is for me.

Oscar Tarbox

Young Shots Journalists Winner

I’m 15 years old and live in Heathfield, East Sussex. I have been writing articles for my mum’s dog club for some years and have written for local parish newsletters, Scouts and school newsletters as well. I also like composing songs. I have a love of words and the English language (I performed Shakespeare in drama exams). My passion with gundogs has helped me write my first BASC article, which you can read in the November/December S&C. My other passion is photography; I hope to study journalism and photography. I have been working with gundogs from early age, having the encouragement from my mum and gaining so much from her. With our Cuvana gundogs we participate in a range of both competitive and fun dog activities. I am looking forward to taking on this new challenge and hope to inspire other young people to write.

Harry Smith

Young Shots Journalists

My name is Harry. I am 10 years old, which means I’m in year six. I’m a student a Northcote Lodge in South-West London. I love English, it’s one of my favourite subjects because I like writing and finding out about all the things around me that I don’t know about yet! I’m also fascinated by wildlife and worried about what’s happening to our planet. This is why the unfortunate decline of dormice saddened me, so I did some research and was shocked by what I found out. This is why I chose dormice for my article topic. I hope you find it interesting too. I love going on walks in the South Downs in the autumn and have a great time throwing leaves around the place. My sister Connie and I love having leaf fights! In my free time, I like to write stories and poems. Last year, I won the poetry competition for my composition on a tree in my garden and its journey through the seasons of the year.

Cody Hamilton

Young Shots Journalists

Hello, my names Cody and I’m 14 and live in South Yorkshire. First I would like to thank my Dad for leading me on to shooting. I’m part of a shooting syndicate at Braithwell were I have met many amazing people in the past five years. I would like to say thank you to the gamekeeper Anthony Harrison for running the shoot and to everyone involved. I love every aspect of shooting, right down to cleaning the birds and cooking what we shoot. However, my favourite part is watching the dogs work as I love to see them find and pick up birds. I’ve been looking for a chance to get involved with BASC ever since becoming a member, amazingly I was on the Young Shots page in 2016 and now I wrote an article which got published on the website. I hope you enjoy the article!

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