One To Remember!

Air Gunner|June 2020

One To Remember!
Jamie Chandler recalls his last venture into the wilderness before the lockdown set in
Jamie Chandler

I watched in dismay the hoards heading to beauty spots and beaches just before movement restrictions were legally enforced, and realised that this historically unprecedented move might well be on the cards, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one. Lockdown is a situation caused by the selfish and selfrighteous minority, who have fought each other for toilet rolls and hand sanitiser, along with so many other household goods, that no doubt they intend to sell to others and profit from in a time of uncharted difficulty. Why else would a family of four require 20kg of pasta, eight litres of hand wash or 100 toilet rolls? On average, two should last a week, apparently, and there’s official guidance to prove it! It’s your mum, my mum, our brothers, sisters, friends or even ourselves if we are in the high risk category, who could be robbed by these people on Amazon or eBay. Then, with no shame, these morally bankrupt parasites tootle off to a beauty spot or beach, stopping to get petrol, coffee, an ice cream, use a public loo and spread Covid 19 between them and us like peanut butter on toast, or worse have an accident, diverting desperately stretched medical resources away from where they’re most needed.


Before the Covid 19 crisis restricted our movements, three of the four farms I hunt over had already isolated themselves, in one case literally dragging tree trunks across access roads, and every farm banned all activity except for food deliveries and farm work. Driven shoots have been cancelled for the 2020/21 season and deer-stalking, pigeon-shooting and airgun hunting halted for up to six months; all had decided to lock down, before the government did. My stableyard permission was sold and I was left with the prospect of only one shoot left. The Covid crisis had hit me in both my pocket, with the cancellation of the pigeon-shooting and stalking business, and in my heart, with the temporary loss of much loved airgun hunting.

The only thing more frustrating to me was the above-mentioned loss of civil decency happening at supermarkets.


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June 2020