My wife's birthday was on the second of March, and it was spent out with Pete (Roadinator).
I met Pete at the H4H Monmouth shoot a few years ago where he beat me to first place by just half of one percent. Despite BenC and myself putting in another couple of attempts, neither one of us could put in a score high enough to nobble him. What I didn't know back then was that Pete is a top shot on clays too. He kindly offered to coach Mrs. Buckup free of charge to help improve her already good clay shooting.
We had a great time at his local gun club where Pete passed on heaps of information and tips to further polish my wife's performance with the shotgun on clays. Just having someone who shoots at such a high standard, standing at her shoulder boosted her confidence no end. I even broke a few clays myself! We finished up shooting sport trap. Pete put in a blinding 24 ex 25 despite messing about on the last stand, seeing just how fast he could shoot the clays off the trap arm. A real joy to watch.
Now as if this wasn't generous enough, Pete had told me to put my rifle in the car too. Lorrayne was packed off to get ready for dinner, while Pete and I went to a smashing bit of ground, well populated by roe. The light was fading fast and so it was a bit of a quick yomp to where the deer were expected to be. We saw three along the way, but no safe shot presented itself. Arriving just slightly puffed at a nice ridge overlooking a sizeable grass field we spied two roe about 140 yards from us, with a further four or five way out. The buck was grazing happily but the doe was all eyes and ears in our direction. We knelt for a while just waiting for her to settle down to graze which after an eternity she did. I quickly crawled forward to a nice hump with a good clear line of sight to the doe. Unfolded the bipod and got behind the scope. As I did so the doe moved off left, and with another two or three paces would be unsafe due to a tree blocking my line of sight. Pete whistled, she paused, and was down a second later. The shot was a tad high, but she never moved from the spot.
We finished the evening off with a nice meal at a local pub/restaurant,,,,,,,,perfick!
My thanks to Pete for making Lorraynes birthday a special one, and for whistling so well at the critical moment. A rare man that can shoot steady with the rifle as well as swing a shotgun to his very high standard.
Thanks for all your effort and time, a true gent of our sport.