Young Shots Journalists

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With the shooting season coming to an end soon, many pickers up are introducing their young gundogs to retrieving game and having them sit behind the drive to observe experienced dogs work the field.

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Education is key to a stronger future for shooting

Newton Rigg College is a campus in Penrith, which is part of Askham Bryan College. The game and wildlife department there is currently celebrating its 25th year of operations and I was delighted to be invited to experience first-hand what life is like for the game and wildlife students.

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Meet our Young Shots Journalists 2020

Lewis Bretherton


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


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


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


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


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.

Oscar Tarbox


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.

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Young Shots Activity Area

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Become a Young Shot

Become a Young Shot Junior Membership (Under 21) The British Association for Shooting and Conservation is the representative organisation for sporting shooting in the UK.

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