By The Ole Hedge Creeper
What can I say I just do not know where to start on this article, The West Country Game Fair was a long time coming for this rough ole country boy, First I had a long hard winter of hunting and shooting with my Young Sports, Then we had The British Shooting Show in February 2015 to do before I could even think about this show.
For me being a proud West Countryman this show to me is the jewel in the crown as it’s my local show, now I hear all sorts of local folk saying oh it’s not like the Midland or the CLA is it? so why should we bother coming to this show? I hear it year in year out usually from the same buggers who I see at the Midland and CLA and they moan about those not being the same.
Yes each year something changes with each show and sometimes it takes some getting used to, as we all love the familiarity of our comfort zone knowing where every stand is year in year out, This year we were back on our old pitch and I must admit last year when they moved us I really didn’t like it but we made the best of it.
That is the unmistakable sound of wildfowl and that sweet music that can only be duck and goose calling, a truly magical sound that is completely wild and hypnotic to the ears of a true wildfowler and countryman alike.
It’s a sound I first heard as a young boy with my Pappy and still to this day it sets my heart a racing and a chill down my spine, as I sit here typing this I am thinking of just last night as a Skeen of geese flew right over young sport Jake and I as we were fox shooting and protecting the spring lambs, Both Jake and I froze our eyes straining to see the geese our hearts literally beating from our chests with a passion for wildfowling.
So when I get onto my competition rig and start that enchanting music the muckers come running to the sound of the last wild untamed frontier of the wildfowl hunter, ahhhh some who are not so passionate about wildfowl are not so impressed but that sways me not and makes me call harder with more passion and vigour.
Then there was Really Wild Adventures who have a brilliant countryside education platform were they teach everything about Fieldsports/Agriculture/Conservation and everything in between, They also do some amazing hunting trips etc check them out over at www.reallywildadventures.co.uk you won’t be disappointed I telle.
Then there was my ole mucker Robert Eaton a top clay shooting instructor from Shooting UK who was giving free gun mounting lessons on our stand, and last but not least Chev Dewis from CnG marksmanship and Chris Parks from The Daystate Owners and target group was there with Ace the Harris Hawk and Flight the Barn Owl inspiring everyone who came along.
The Countryman’s Diary Magazine and gun Ice were there on our stand too.
The Sunday was exactly the same totally crammed in all day it was that busy the only time we managed to get off the stand was for a call of nature break.
It was really nice to hear from so many muckers old and new with many saying our stand was the most varied and interactive throughout the whole show on both days, I really don’t think the show could of gone any better at all and I will say each and every one of us was totally knackered by the end of the show.
So for me change is often good even if it takes some getting used too, and this year I think the changes Contour Exhibition did really worked so a massive bravo to them, bring on The West Country Game fair 2016 for it’s a jewel in the crown of The West Country and long may she sail tall and proud for the world to see.
So next year put The West Country Game Fair 2016 in your diary as she is a mighty ship that’s sails along with a hearty cheer for all to see and be proud of like I am.
All the best muckers one and all I hope you enjoyed my scribbles and ramblings, sorry to all that I did not get chance to talk and proper job to all of you that I did, I will see you all on the flip side muckers tiz proper job I telle.
WEST COUNTRY CAME FAIR 2015
By The Ole Hedge Creeper