I was invited to a open day with this syndicate. ( Sweethill land management) The annual clay shoot/ range day & BBq .
They offer clay days , rifle range, day out on everything from rabbit to boar/deer. I had to investigate
To my surprise ( After reading glib tripe on various forums, from rejected applicants ) the syndicate is well run, with various members from all walks of life , ex-army captains, self employed builders/electricians & some lads from the boys in blue.
All practices observed were very efficient , well run & very safety concious, with good levels of equipment, & standard.
Zero shooting on a sunny day with a cross wind of approx 7mph from a bench into a huge hillside , starting all & every calibre at 50yds , taking them out to a confidence boosting 100 & 200yd targets. With 2 spotters, & all flags flying, i was impressed.
At the end of the zero when all were cherping & more than impressed with each others abilities, we blew up a few dozen balloons, a lot in fact ! & pegged them out from 70 to 300 yds ,across the fileds above the Yorkshire dales. All balloons varied in size from the impossible 1" @ 150yds ( you think) to approx 5" in size.
with various calibres on the range , the nominated balloons were picked off from a bench one by one. The calibres some 17hmr 's to a nice sako 308 sniper rifle. The ladies showed the blokes how it should be done by picking off the minutest of target out way beyond eye vision, & the youngsters learning the safe way to shoot.
Its a family event with live over night music & all day laughter, off the range.of course !
The weekend was a success & very enjoyable, i met some great lads & lasses, all down to earth & no show offs, trying to Bs me.
I would highly recommend any Yorkshire shooter considering a club or sporting syndicate consider this outfit & join them, as they have a lot of skill, experience & day out for your use, with lots of shooting areas on offer to suit anyone from the novice to the experienced stalker.
They have qualified NRA range officers, as well as instructors & coaches for those who wish to brush up there skills & become more competent in the range or field craft skills. Dsc stalking guides are also available.
One word sums this weekend up for me…Great !!
Thank you to the lads & lasses @ Sweethill land management & event organisers. Ray, Pete , allan & Jane
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