Enthused by stories and paintings of famous foreshore ‘gunners’, three keen young sportsmen headed to the Wash for their first experience of wildfowling. But, as Jack Francis recalls, it didn’t play out quite as expected.
Father and son Jeremy and Guy Westmoreland love all forms of game shooting, from August grouse to January pheasants, but, as they explained to Marcus Janssen, for them nothing can compare to the magic of a wildfowl flight on The Wash.
No sport with a gun is so richly infused with romanticism as wildfowling on the foreshore, says Will Pocklington. But what is it beyond the sea wall that has captured the imagination of so many?
Why Nicholas Watts enjoys greylag shooting.
Colin Foote tells the story of a punt-gunner’s adventure on the Dee Estuary when one of his best days nearly ended up being one of his worst.
Every season thousands of wildfowlers head north of the border in search of sport. Eric Begbie wonders if they are drawn to Scotland by myth or reality.
In this fascinating piece, Colin Foote reflects nostalgically on the great sporting heritage of the Dee estuary with the stories of Billy th' Duck, William Lawton and Harold Gill.