Countrymans Diary

Wild card #4

This time its the lovely Jess, who was introduced via her Boyfriend Robbie.

So we have a Queen of hearts and her Jack.

First name: Jess

Age: 19

Location (county will be fine): Ipplepen, Devon

Occupation? Optical Assistant

Please give our readers a small bio so they can get to know the lady that answered the above questions?

Hi, I’m Jess, I’m 19 from Ipplepen, Devon, I have worked Full-Time as an Optical Assistant since 2013. When I’m not working I love going Coarse & Sea Fishing and shooting with my Air Arms Air Rifle. I have been taking part in Shooting & Fishing since I was 15 so have 4 years experience.


If you have a partner are they also involved in field sports?

Yes, my boyfriend Robbie, is also a keen Shooter and Fisher. I’ve attached 2 pictures of him below:Please tell us how you got involved with field sports, who introduced you to this world and how long ago?

It was my boyfriend, Robbie Smith, who introduced me to Field Sports 4 years ago when we originally got together. I started off just using his Air Rifle and Fishing gear but as I grew in confidence I started to get my own stuff together and I own a lovely Air Arms Air Rifle and my own Fishing Rods etc.


Which disciplines do you take part in?

Air Rifle Shooting, Sea Fishing & Course Fishing

Tell us about your achievements – do you compete in your sport? Have you won any trophies, rosettes or awards?  Are you considered to be famous for your participation in your chosen field? – Would you want to be or want to compete?

Achievement you’re most proud of?

I would love to one day learn how to use a Shotgun and possibly compete in Clay Pigeon Shooting competitions.

Are you a born and bred country girl, or have you moved into it to pursue your lifestyle? Or are do you still live in the city and travel for your pursuits?

I have sort of moved into the country. I used to live in a typical busy town until I met my boyfriend and moved out to live with him and his family who were all brought up in the country. Here’s a picture of the first rabbit I shot 4 years ago:

Are there any professional ladies who inspire you?

Pass J

Does anybody have a funny story they wish to share? What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you in the field?

Well I’ve fallen down a few Rabbit holes in my time which if funny & embarrassing at the time but nothing else major.

Describe your field sports trip or holiday of a lifetime if time and money were no object?

If money was no object I would love a Field Sports holiday in the country. I can just imagine a huge Manor House in the country side, Surrounded by fields and hills. A place where we could go Clay Pigeon shooting and Fishing and Drive 4×4’s on a Off-road track


Any other hobbies. Do you have time for any? Any other surprising skills?


I don’t really have any other hobbies as such as I don’t have much spare time but I do like to keep fit so I go to our local Gym & Leisure centre regularly to exercise and swim.


I know many take part in several types from beating and fishing to falconry and clays. If there was only one activity you could do till you are too old to carry on what would it be? Is there any activity you would like to have a go at but not had the chance yet?

I would just love to carry on Shooting & Fishing till I’m old and Incapable! I enjoy both so much I think when I do get older I will find a way to carry on with both even if I need to go around in a wheelchair.

I haven’t tried Clay Pigeon Shooting yet so I would love to try that!


We are hoping to inspire the next generation of ladies out there to step up and follow your trails. What would you like to say to these young sports -what advice would you give them?

My advice would be : never stop following your dreams, regardless of what people say to you about them, everyone has the determination to work hard enough to make dreams come true.


I know that you all do many activities from full bore rifles and clays, air-rifles and driven shooting, but which discipline would you recommend to our future generation to take up to get started?

I would say to try Air Rifles first, It’s a good way to get into shooting and learn the right techniques and get your aim and posture right.

Now, we all joke that you ladies take ages to get ready, but we have found you’re normally first up when it comes to being out in the great outdoors!    So how many of you wear or even take any make-up out with you in the field?

I’m not really a girl who’s into make-up at all so my answer will have to be I rarely ever wear make-up in the field. If I’ve been to work that day or I’ve been out I might have a bit of Mascara on when I go shooting but apart from that no I wouldn’t apply a full face of make-up to go out.


Most memorable, experience?

Most memorable experience : Has to be the day I bought my Air Rifle and took it out in the field to have my first go with it, I shot 3 rabbits on my first go. The picture below is of me on the day I got my Air Rifle:

 Do you think the countryside/hunting media do enough to promote ladies as shooters/hunters, as opposed to portraying ladies as a novelty bit of glamour holding a Rigby or Purdey?

No. I think their needs to be more Ladies in shooting magazines. Most of the magazines we get have none or hardly any female shooters in them. They need to do interviews with females and catalogues with female clothing etc.

Is there anything you would like to see changed in our world, with regards to the male attitude towards women participating in field sports?

Pass J

Do you think that the national press should be more proactive towards our world as opposed to their constant negative bias? A good example would be stories published about kids using airguns to shoot old lady’s cats, whilst our Commonwealth and Olympic shooters achieve gold and are rarely commended in the press for their achievements.

Yeah, I think there has been a few times where shooting as been portrayed as a bad thing, Well in fact its not! It a lovely sport to participate in and I would love to see more about shooting & field sports on the newspapers and on TV.


Right, desert island time: One firearm, one item from home and one piece of music?

I would take my Air-Arms Air Rifle (For killing meat to eat) , My fishing rod so I could catch Fish to eat as well and One piece of music? That would have to be Kenny Rogers – She thinks my Tractors sexy. That song is so catchy at the minute and for some reason I cant stop listening to it.


Now ladies, it’s a known fact us country boys have a sense of humour – from bad jokes down the pub to lad’s pranks out in the fields. Tell us your best clean joke?

You ready, because this one is hilarious!!

“An old lady’s husband had just died and she felt their was no reason to live any more. She called the doctor and asked exactly where her heart was. He told her it should be under her left breast.

That night she went to the emergency room with a shot in the knee.”

Clothes! Do you all wear tweeds and breeches, or do you wear what is comfy and fun for going outdoors?

I tend to wear whatever clothing I have that’s comfy to wear outdoors.

I would love to have a tweed jacket to wear out but at the minute I just go comfy. It doesn’t always matter what clothes your wearing, It’s your shot that counts!


What do you get personally from your involvement in field sports?

I just have a laugh, have some fun and enjoy what I’m doing! I don’t take anything to seriously, Just live for the minute and enjoy your hobbies as much as you can


Share with us your favourite game recipe…

Duck in Plum Sauce has to be my favourite Game dish, I usually follow this recipe from the BBC’s Good Food:


2 duck breasts

1 thyme

1 star anise

25g butter

For the Plum Sauce:

1 shallot

1 tbsp

250g dark red plums

50g demerara sugar

50ml red wine

300ml beef stock

  1. For the sauce, fry the shallot in the oil for 5 mins or until softened but not coloured. Add the plums and sugar, stirring for a few mins until the sugar has dissolved. Add the red wine and stock, then simmer for about 15 mins, stirring occasionally, until softened and slightly thickened. Keep warm or leave at room temperature for up to a day before reheating to serve.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 180C/ 160C fan/gas 4. Score the skin of the duck breasts with a sharp knife and season well with salt and pepper. Heat a non-stick frying pan and place the duck breasts in, skin-side down. Fry for 6-7 mins, then turn and add the thyme, star anise and butter. Allow this to melt, basting the duck with the juices, then transfer everything to a small roasting tin and finish in the oven for 5-6 mins for pink or 10-12 mins for well done.
  3. When the duck is ready, baste again with the juices, then rest for 5 mins while you finish everything else.
  4. To serve, thinly slice each duck breast on a chopping board. Arrange on each plate along with a spoon of the Creamed potatoes, some of the plum sauce and the Buttered spinach.


Share the most useful tip or trick you’ve picked up – from the fastest way to de-breast a pigeon to how to sink your fly line perfectly?

Pass J

The final shots…

Please add your thoughts about our world, from the price of milk to a countryside issue you feel strongly about?

I think the world we live in is BRILLIANT!

We are lucky to have such beautiful seaside’s, countryside’s and moorland. We need to start appreciating it more! If there was one thing I want to change it would be littering!

I hate to see thoughtless people spoiling such lovely things for no reason apart from their own sheer laziness. Come on people! Pick up your rubbish and use a bin or take it home! Don’t ruin what we are lucky to have for future generations


Many thanks ladies, I know you have busy lives, and hopefully there is a young lady sat out there and reads this and is inspired to get off the TV or Xbox and take up a gun or rod or even a bird of prey and keep it up till they themselves become the next generation of inspiring women.

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