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February 15, 2004
Shot In The Ash

The widow of a gun enthusiast and hunter has come up with a novel way to honor her dead husband -- loading his ashes into shotgun cartridges and shooting pheasants:

Joanna Booth organised the shoot for 20 close friends on an estate in Aberdeenshire after asking a cartridge company to mix the ashes of her husband James with traditional shot.

A total of 275 12-bore cartridges were produced from the mix and were blessed by a minister before they were used to bag pheasants, partridges, ducks and a fox on Brucklay Estate.

The cartridges had something going for them; a novice shooter brought down four partridges with them. Even so, I'm not an opponent of hunting, but it seems a little creepy to mourn a dead husband by killing anything and everything that moves. How would you be able to eat any of the kill knowing that the buckshot probably carried traces of your spouse's ashes into the meat? I think I'll just ask the First Mate to make sure I'm tossed overboard in the usual manner.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at February 15, 2004 9:20 PM

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