' Because of the noisy and intemperate propaganda put about by those who seek the abolition of field sports, it has become somewhat unfashionable for shooting men to state unequivocally that they shoot because they enjoy it. But this is the nub of the matter. We need not be apologetic about it.
Those campaigning against field sports seek to portray shooting men as a bunch of ignorant sadistic morons storming round the country bent solely on slaughter. This is a complete myth, as I suspect those who seek to perpetuate it well know. It is important for the future of our sport that it should remain so, and that shooting men by their conduct should give no substance to it. If the code of sporting conduct which we have evolved over the centuries is observed, there is no reason why any shooting man should not feel able to look at opponents of his sport straight in the eye, and to go about his shooting with a clear conscience. '
That was an extract from the 'MILLARDS GUIDE TO SHOOTING'' published in 1969, two years after my birth !
Well guys 'n' gals we're still here, STILL LOVING IT !
Anti's are nothing new, they will always be here about us. What struck me with this extract was that it could have been written today, or tomorrow. So here's to another 41 years, where we can look back and still be able to do those things that each and everyone of us put our heart and souls into, daily.......for the right reasons.
Here's to ALL of you boys for a long time to come.
PS Don't forget about the 'BOYO'S MEETING'... Saturday the 20th in Cardiff