Sam Griffin

Name: Sam Griffin
Age:  20 born in 1997
Shooting since:   Childhood
Where do you hunt: North West coast of England
Preferred hunting type:   Wildfowling
Choice of weapon: I generally use a 12g for most of my shooting favoring an over and under for my game shooting and a semi auto for my wildfowling and pigeon shooting although I do also use a 10g for my foreshore goose shooting. In terms of rifles I use a .22 or 17hmr for rabbit control and the .243 for foxes and deer.
Preferred Deerhunter product: Upland Trousers

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How come you became interested in hunting?

I’m 20 years old and I was born in 1997. I may still be relatively young however I have been around shooting sports from my early childhood and took a huge love for shooting whether it be beating, gamekeeping, pest control, wildfowling, fox control or deer stalking. Along the way I have picked up vast amounts of knowledge and experience, which I now use, on a daily basis. I got involved in shooting for the first time at the age of about 4 when I used to help my dad whilst out gamekeeping on our pheasant shoot. At the age of 8 I got my first shotgun license and at the time I was one of the youngest people to have a shotgun license in the UK. I started my shooting with a little 410 when I was about 5, moved on to a 20g when I was 8 and then a 12g when I was 10 years old.

My Dad and I lease and manage two North of England Upland Estates where we run Game shooting syndicates and put on over 20 formal shoot days a season as well as undertaking the daily Gamekeeping duties. Aside from this my two favored shooting activities are coastal wildfowling and pigeon shooting, I manage my time so that I get out pigeon shooting or wildfowling on anything from one to six days a week. 

When it comes to wildfowling I started when I was 8 years old and joined South Solway Wildfowlers, which is a club, based on the north west coast of England. Wildfowling is one of my favorite forms of shooting as you are hunting truly wild birds in a hostile environment and to be successful you really have to be in tune with nature and your quarry. The outcome is always unpredictable, you have to put a lot of time and effort in and some days you don’t even fire a shot however this makes the successful days all the more memorable and special.

My pigeon shooting is done closer to home ranging over about 9 farms, I run a pest control service and as part of this I protect farmers crops from the pigeons. The main reason for my love of pigeon shooting is again you are pursuing a wild bird with no guarantee of how the day will go. A lot of skill and field craft are involved, you need to spend a lot of time on reconnaissance, decoy setup, hide building, liaison with farmers and, last but not least, you need to shoot straight. With all this in mind it’s rewarding when a good bag of pigeons is shot, as there is a lot to get right.

What is your dream-hunting destination?

I've now been lucky enough to hunt wildfowl on many estuaries in the UK and even as far afield as Florida but the dream is to hunt Geese during the migration in Canada and, perhaps, ducks down in Argentina.

Why test for Deerhunter?

The success of my shooting is in part down to the quality of the clothing and equipment that I use and Deerhunter is a brand I've used since the day my dad gave me a Deerhunter Wolf Suit when I was about 6 years old. I still fondly remember that little suit that kept me warm and dry for 2 or 3 winters. Deerhunter products have never let me down and getting the opportunity to be a field tester is an absolute privilege. The variety of clothing and different styles available is outstanding and means there is something for everyone no matter what hunting activity you partake in. 

Sam in Deerhunter, 6 years old

Sam, today

What do you think about the products you got for the test?

If you asked me what is my favorite Deerhunter product then that's hard to answer as there is so much choice but I will have to say it is the Upland Trouser. When I first opened these trousers my opinion was that they would not suit my shooting activities as they seemed too bulky and I require something I can do a lot of walking in. However I was so wrong and can honestly say these trousers have fit my shooting needs perfectly and done everything I require of them. They are a thick trouser therefore have kept me warm when sat around all day or on the quad although to my amazement have never made me sweat when doing a lot of walking which was the concern of these trousers.

The reinforcement material they have down the front is brilliant as offers great protection and prevents damage to the trouser when on your knees for example when ferreting or stalking. Finally the look and design of the trouser is fantastic meaning they can also be worn on formal shooting occasions. These trousers have certainly made my hunting experiences more enjoyable simply due to the warmth and comfort they give.  

What advise will you give to a new hunter?

I often get novice shooters asking me for advice and it's a privilege to be able to help out. If I had to give one bit of advice then it has to be “prepare” and that well known quote springs to mind "if you fail to prepare you are preparing to fail". This might sound basic and obvious but there’s more to it than you think. So what I mean by preparing is, if possible, check the land you are going to hunt prior to the hunt so you know the layout/setup, you know the habits of your quarry, you know safe angles of fire, etc. If you can't visit the site then you can use maps, aerial views and sometimes you can find information on Internet pages, Social Media and forums. 

How do you prepare for a hunt?

Get all your gear ready well in advance of the hunt and have a checklist, this ensures you don’t rush and nothing is forgotten. Think about what you are going to wear and buy the best that you can afford as keeping warm, dry and comfortable will enhance the shooting experience. Go with a plan, if possible know what you are going to do or where your going to setup in advance of the hunt, this saves time on the day as you can go straight to this place. Finally, if possible, scout the area before the day of the hunt to learn about the activity of the animal and there routines - I estimate that for every day I hunt I spend 2 days scouting and that's the main secret of my success.

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