A few of us had a root round my mate's farm today - just a v relaxed day, 5 of us shooting, 4 dogs....and a bonus beater.
My 11yr old daughter announced yesterday that she wanted to come out beating....this was surprising as she's never expressed any interest in shooting before (unlike my 15 yr old son, who is mad keen...he's been coming out with me since he was 7, and recently obtained his own FAC and SGC. He was one of the guns today ).
She was wrapped up against the elements, equipped with some of the Christmas selection box choccy to keep her going - and despite being knackered at the end of the day, she seemed to enjoy it and has already made noises about coming out again.
I have to say, it was good to be able to have both children with me today, but it struck me that my daughter is probably in the minority (my wife is of the view that shooting/stalking is very much a male-dominated environment - and I have to say, I tend to agree with the generalisation.....but just to buck that trend, one of the other guns today was one of my mate's daughters....16, and has been shooting for a few years now, rears pheasants for our syndicate as well, has her own springer - and can shoot well too!!).
Given that normally my daughter will quite happily read until 11pm at night if we forget to tell her to switch her bedroom light off, I'm hoping that the fresh air and exercise of today will zonk her out and make her get off to sleep at a sensible time!!