Easter 2017 in Devon

Hi Guys

It’s easter so as is traditional shit shooters from all over the West country head  to Ilfracombe in darkest Devon for 200 birds of friendly rivalry and banter.

This year 27 shooters descended on The Northgate Inn for breakfast before heading out to The North Devon Shooting Ground for the first round of a hundred birds as a warm up for the main event another hundred birds in the afternoon at The Southwest Shooting School

Unfortunately I forgot to take any pictures so here are a selection from past trips

Jim and Alf looking as intellectual as they can
Jim and Alf looking as intellectual as they can
Who ordered the faggot breakfast?
Who ordered the faggot breakfast?
Terry
Terry
Bob and Sausage
Bob and Sausage
Dereck
Dereck
Baz all smiles
Baz all smiles
From the Left BAz, Phil, Carl, Colin, Big Gay Al, Andy "Meerkat"
From the Left BAz, Phil, Carl, Colin, Big Gay Al, Andy “Meerkat”
Some of the rest of the crew
Some of the rest of the crew

And I guess that just leaves the scores and who claimed the title of Shit Shooter

Shitshooters Easter Shoot Devon 2017

As you can see our very own Andy Meerkat was today’s shit splattered thunderbox

Andy Meerkat  - Beached!
Andy Meerkat – Beached!

Till the next time happy shooting

Dereck

Rare Breeds Charity Shoot Huntworth 2016

Hi Guys

Today was the second annual Rare Breeds Survival Charity Shoot held at Huntworth just off of the M5 junction 24.

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust is a charity dedicated to preserving rare and native breeds of farm livestock.

The day started with me and Big Gay Al meeting Sausage at Junction 24 Market for breakfast before meeting the other shit shooters at the shoot.

Once again the shoot was held over an open field of stubble and a fine mixture of easy, challenging and what the fuck birds were put on by the organisers.

 

The check in
The check in
Dave sweating over a hot grill
Dave sweating over a hot grill
The layout
The layout
Discussing tactics
Discussing tactics

The Three Stooges discussing tactics

So what was the outcome?

Al smoking the clays
Al smoking the clays
Alf using the both eyes shut technique
Alf using the both eyes shut technique

Big Gay Al and Alf tie for first place on 40/50

Dereck earning points for artistic impression
Dereck earning points for artistic impression

Dereck came in a respectable 3rd with 36/50

Little John struggling to fill a tight pair of biggie smugglers
Little John struggling to fill a tight pair of buggie smugglers

One behind in fourth was John on 35/50

Tony "Chairman Moa's batman"
Tony “Chairman Mao’s batman”

A valiant effort by Tony with 34/50

Sausage rubbing one out
Sausage rubbing one out

And finally today’s bucket of bull semen was Sausage with a miserable 28/50

So till the next time happy shooting

Dereck

Interclub 2016 – Cannington

Hi guys

This evening saw the third round of the Interclub Shooting series between North Newton, Cannington, Shipham and Westonzoyland held at Cannington.

The weather was once again very humid making for some sweaty shooting, looked like it was about to rain  but we had finished shooting and no rain had appeared

Cannington put on a layout of five stands and for a change not the usual Cannington shit, it was a good mixture of birds for all abilities.

Checking in
Checking in
Car park was brimming
Car park was brimming
Barry's new mates
Barry’s new mates
Shifty looking characters
Shifty looking characters
More shifty looking charactors
More shifty looking characters
Selfie time
Selfie time
Time for a rest
Time for a rest
Bit of a crowd at the next stand
Bit of a crowd at the next stand

Interclub Scores Cannington 18th August 2016

Good luck in the final round at Westonzoyland

Happy shooting

Dereck

Big Gay Al starts shit and never recovers at Ashley

Hi Guys

What a great day to be alive, 7:30 on a crisp English summers morning, a little dew on the ground, blue skies, a wisp of a breeze and the golden sun just starting to warm things up a little, grabbing my trusty 28 inches it was off to pick Big Gay Al up and head off to Devon for a mornings shooting

A quick forty-five minutes later we were at The Pitstop Cafe, Marsh Barton for breakfast and what a fine breakfast it was too.

Pitstop Cafe 3

The Pitstop Cafe
The Pitstop Cafe

Just look at this breakfast

Now that's a full English
Now that’s a full English

After breakfast had settled a little it was time to take the thirty minute hike back to Ashley, Devon’s premier shooting ground for a friendly 140 birds.

Centre of operation
Centre of operation
Looking up towards the cark parks
Looking up towards the car parks
Did he break it?
Did he break it?
Wish I brought my fly rod
Wish I brought my fly rod
The last stand
The last stand
Looking back from the last stand
Looking back from the last stand

What about the shooting?

Al put me in first on a simo pair of tasty looking crossers, much to my surprise I hit them, hit them again, and again, and again, finishing up with a magnificent 9/10, apprehensively Al took to the stand and walked up with an embarrassing 4/10, it was all over.

Al never recovered from that 5 clay deficit, over the next 13 stands, he pulled a couple back, I pulled further out in front, he pulled a couple back, until the last few stands when he eventually found some form but it was too little too late.

Would you like to see some puppies?
Would you like to see some puppies?

 

Is it time to go home yet?
Is it time to go home yet?

Happy shooting

Dereck

Dereck smells of victory at Woodspring Bay or is it B.O.?

Hi Guys

Wood spring Bay Shooting Ground at Wick St Lawrence on the Somerset coast was open today so Big Gay Al and myself went along for a friendly 100 birds

The usual mixture of easy, testing and WTF clays were put on by Trevor and his crew, we even had a tip from Bionic Finger to leave stand one tip last, so heeding his warning we headed for stand two

As has become the norm we both got off to a pretty good start with a couple of eights, then he got an eight, I got a seven, he was one up, I was one up and so on. Going into the last couple of stands we were all even but today unknown to me it was Al that was on a promise from Jane and he totally fucked up on an easy incommmer followed by a zippy little quartering riser, handing victory to me.

Dereck - Has been cured of his shitshooteritus
Dereck – Has been cured of his shitshooteritus
Today it's Al that takes the walk of shame
Today it’s Al that takes the walk of shame

Happy shooting

Dereck

Brookbank or bust

Hi Guys

Being the first weekend of the school holidays and having got stuck on the motorway for 2 hours on Saturday it was decided to go somewhere fairly local that didn’t require a trip on the M5. After some thought we picked Brookbank, Draycott in Somerset. Big Gay Al had never shot there and it had been 10 years since I shot there.

After a coffee and a condescending safety talk from the owner it was off with our claymate in hand to shoot the sporting layout.

The layout started pretty good with a great variety of clays but soon descended into shit as after about the seventh stand or so the next five or six stands are on the end of their various trap layouts which made them impossible to shot when people were shooting trap disciplines. so it meant we had to go back and shoot some of the first few stands.

Brook bank shooting ground
Brook bank shooting ground
DTL and Skeet layouts
DTL and Skeet layouts
Ball trap layout
Ball trap layout
Al inserts the claymate
Al inserts the claymate
Big Gay Al has a derp moment
Big Gay Al has a derp moment

As usual the round started well enough with Big Gay taking the lead, me taking the lead and as usual going into the last couple stands we were pretty even, then once again I couldn’t help but think of the good time Trudy had promised if I let Al win and all went to shit and I totally fucked up an easy incomer and a floppy 10 yard teal.

Al loads another couple winning cartridges
Al loads another couple winning cartridges
Dereck the loser
Dereck the loser being put off his shooting by thoughts of Trudy

Happy shooting

Dereck

Everyone kicks Baz’s ass at Ashley

Hi Guys

As everyone knows nothing can be kept secret from the shit shooting paparazzi for too long and it appears the trio may have been back in action today at Ashley near Tiverton, Devon

Details are a little sketchy but they could well have been joined by Gary “The legend” , Dr John also shot but we are not sure if he joined the trio, um, er…. quartet.

So the scores

Andy took the honours with a reasonable 76/100

Andy "The hat" with no hat taking the gold medal
Andy “The hat” with no hat taking the gold medal

Next up the Legend with 72/100

The Legend with his serious hat on
The Legend with his serious hat on

Bionic finger takes the bronze medal with a magnificent effort

Terry blasting his way into third place
Terry blasting his way into third place

And that just leaves today’s shit shooter. Everyone had a piece of Baz’s ass and when we say everyone, we mean everyone, A class shooters,  B class shooters, C class shooters, even the birds only crew got in on the action.

Baz must have been on his period
Baz must have been on his period

Just time for an honourable mention to Dr John, always there making up the numbers, always having a good time, always with his faithful companion in tow.

Dr John loading the finger of doom
Dr John loading the finger of doom

(Oops thought I had a picture of Dr John and pickles uploaded, better correct that later)

The scoreboard doesn’t lie

Baz must have been on his period
Baz must have been on his period

Happy shooting

Dereck

Dereck lets Al win again

Hi Guys

We hadn’t been to Ashcombe near Exeter in a while so 8:30 this morning me and Big Gay Al struck out on the 45 minute drive to The Grill On The Hill at Kennford for breakfast before making our way to the shooting ground only another 5 minutes along the A380.

We were going to start the day with a round of skeet bunnies but one of the traps wasn’t working so good so gave up.

The round started well for me with a two clay lead on the first stand, two stands later we were even, then Al took the lead by a clay, stretched it out to four clays before I hit back with a couple great stands leaving to all to play for on the last two stands.

I then remembered Trudy (Big Gay Al’s wife) said she would show me a good time if I let Al win because he gets all grumpy if he loses, with this thought ringing in my mind I handed victory to Al.

Big Gay Al concentrating on a trick teal
Big Gay Al concentrating on a trick teal
Dereck's hat of shame
Dereck’s hat of shame

Happy shooting

Dereck

Interclub 2016 – Shipham

Hi Guys

Today was the second round of the Interclub Shooting series between North Newton, Cannington, Shipham and Westonzoyland held at Shipham

As usual me and Big Gay Al stopped at the Liillypool cafe for breakfast on the way.

The weather was very humid and a little misty making for some sweaty shooting, there was a threat of rain in the air but we had finished before it rained.

Shipham put on a layout of five stands of eight clays and one stand of ten, a good mixture of birds were thrown from their ultra reliable traps.

Checking in at the clubhouse
Checking in at the clubhouse
Setting off down shooters row
Setting off down shooters row
Stand one an easy pair
Stand one an easy pair
Ship ham's ultra reliable traps
Ship ham’s ultra reliable traps
The boss
The boss
A blockage at stand three
A blockage at stand three
Big Gay Al rattling them off
Big Gay Al rattling them off
You missed it?
You missed it?
The opposition
The opposition

Interclub Scores Shipham 17th July 2016

 

Good luck on round three at Cannington

Happy shooting

Dereck