Hartpury’s sharp shooters sweep the board with 100% success rate


Hartpury’s countryside management students showed off their shooting skills when they all passed their BASC certificate with flying colours.

The students achieved a 100% pass rate on the BASC Shotgun Safe Shot course, impressing the assessors and their course tutors.

After completing the demanding one-day course and test, they are all now certificated BASC Safe Shots. This means they were able to demonstrate confident and safe use of shotguns in a field-based situation.

Hartpury’s Countryside Management tutor, Ralph Tallis, said: “The BASC shotgun assessors, Simon Pritchard and Russ Smith, were really impressed with our students’ performance and the professional way in which they handled themselves throughout the course and the test.

“We introduced the Safe Shot course for all countryside management students for the first time this year and we’ll be continuing with it as these skills are such an important part of so many units on their courses and to the countryside industry, which will make them much more employable in future.”

Hartpury is one of very few colleges nationally that runs a commercial shoot, giving its countryside management (game) students the opportunity to be immersed in the preparations for a major shoot, as well as being involved in running the event on the day and handling clients. Hartpury hosts 20 commercial shoots between October and January.

Students on Hartpury’s countryside management courses benefit from the very best teaching and equipment, with the college having recently invested in a brand new incubator. They also get the chance to work with Hartpury’s own 70-strong red deer herd at Maisemore and to carry out duties with Hartpury’s gamekeeper.

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