Meet Ernie Hemmings, Owner of Lady’s Wood Shooting School
Ernie’s sixty years of shooting experience has been wide and varied. His love of the sport started at a young age, receiving his first air rifle at the age of 10 before swiftly moving on to a 410 single barrel hammer gun and, during teenage years, his father’s rather worn out double barrel twelve bore (managing to shoot an awful lot of rabbits and pigeons with it all the same!). After acquiring his own hand-operated trap in 1966, he also spent the next decade or so teaching each of his 7 brothers to shoot, enabling one of them to qualify for his Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award.
In 1966, Ernie also met founder of Lady’s Wood, Michael Pinker. They both purchased AYA Yeoman 12 bores for the princely sum of £49-10-0 and would go on to shoot together almost every weekend for the next ten years, remaining good friends for the rest of Michael’s life. This was mostly rough and walked up shooting, before the sport became so popular and a brace of pheasants to a farmer at Christmas would secure 300 acres of shooting for the year!
Shooting has taken Ernie across the country and beyond to include stalking in Scotland, shooting partridge in Spain and doves in Argentina. Over the last decade or so, Ernie has undertaken six trips to Argentina, joining teams of guns and helping them with shooting in the field. He shoots weekly, taking part in two charity clay shoots a year, as well as the odd competition! Ernie very much enjoys game shoots, averaging between 34-64 days of quality game shooting a year to include some of the best high bird shoots in the country and running his own shoot.
Over the years, Ernie has had the pleasure of teaching his own children to shoot and, in more recent years, his grandchildren too. Erecting a high clay trap on his farm has also allowed him to help many friends and clients learn to shoot 60-75 yard clays.
After taking ownership of Lady’s Wood in 2013, Ernie has regularly taught on a corporate, team-building and individual basis, priding himself on the relationships he develops with clients. In 2016, he attended the advanced APSI instructors course and loves putting his years of experience and practice to good use. Whether it’s helping an experienced gun improve their high bird shooting or building a complete novice’s confidence, Ernie loves the joy of helping someone to achieve their goals.
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