Previous Gun Draw winner Jack London. PIC by Jon Farmer
JUST a few days remain to be in with a chance of winning a highly-coveted prize in fieldsports.
A day’s driven grouse shooting, a new pair of 12-bore shotguns, three-hour fitting session and 500 game cartridges - all worth an eye-watering £25,000 – are up for grabs in the 2018 Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) Gun Draw.
Entries close at midnight on Tuesday December 18th and the winner will be drawn later that week by GWCT chief executive Teresa Dent.
Previous winners say it’s a fantastic prize to win, including 2017 victor Mark Deacon from Bedfordshire.
“It was the first time I had entered such a competition with a prize anything like this. I have never shot grouse before and, as it is something I had promised I would do, I thought it may be worth a punt,” he explained.
“The guns are a massive bonus. I am really humbled by my fellow ‘guns’ and shooting acquaintances that have said how pleased they are for me and encouraged by a local Bedfordshire boy to have won.”
Meanwhile, 2016 winner Jack London, who enjoyed the prize with his brother-in-law in the grounds of the stunning Ashop Moor, Derbyshire, commented: “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 help us to tell a more balanced story about game management by funding new research to measure and publish the positive influence it has on our countryside.
GWCT would like to thank William Powell for its generosity in donating the prizes for the third consecutive year.
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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.
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