11 December 2017

Prize worth £25,000 to be won in popular 2017 Gun Draw

Driven Grouse Shooting

One of the most lucrative prizes in fieldsports - a day’s driven grouse shooting and a new pair of 12-bore shotguns all worth £25,000 - is up for grabs in the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s 2017 Gun Draw.

Shooting enthusiasts have until Friday December 15 to buy a £50 ticket for the popular draw.

The lucky winner, who will be announced on Monday December 18, will receive a day’s driven grouse shooting with an expected bag of 75 brace, a pair of 12-bore shotguns and 500 game cartridges, all courtesy of William Powell.

In addition, ahead of the shoot, a three-hour fitting session with Tom Payne at the Oxfordshire Shooting School will be provided.

Last year’s winner, Jack London, who scooped those prizes, took full advantage of the day’s shooting in September with his brother-in-law in the grounds of the stunning Ashop Moor, Derbyshire.

Shooting pigeon, pheasants and partridge is familiar territory for Jack but grouse shooting is something he seldom gets the chance to do.

Speaking after the going on the once-in-a-lifetime prize, he said: “The day was fantastic, I have done a lot of various shotgun shooting and I have to say grouse shooting is by far the best, the birds are just on another level and the scenery just adds to the day’s greatness.

“I shot 5 brace by the end of the day, the angle of the birds and the speed of them is like nothing else it takes some time to adjust to get your eye in.

“It still doesn't seem real that the guns are actually mine and I don't have to give them back. The pair are absolutely stunning and my hit rate has almost doubled.”

Money raised from the draw will support GWCT’s scientific research programmes for game and wildlife conservation.

Buy draw tickets >

All ticket purchasers will receive a special prize draw acknowledgement letter with a unique ticket number. No ticket may be sold or bought by any person under 16 years of age. Prize draw produced by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust. Promoter: T. Dent. 100% of the profi t made will go towards our research. Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, formerly The Game Conservancy Trust, is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under number 05579632, registered charity no. 1112023. Registered offi ce: Burgate Manor, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 1EF. Registered with the Gambling Commission – www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk. Tickets on sale until 15 December 2017. Draw takes place on 18 December 2017. The exact specification of the guns provided will be dependent on availability at the time the winner is notified. Please gamble responsibly - www.gambleaware.org

Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust – providing research-led conservation for a thriving countryside. The GWCT is an independent wildlife conservation charity which has carried out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife since the 1930s. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats. We employ 22 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming, fish and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse.

ISDN radio broadcast line – at our Fordingbridge HQ we have an ISDN radio broadcast line, allowing us to conduct interviews remotely.

For information, contact:
Kate Williams
Telephone: 01425 651000
Email: press@gwct.org.uk

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