If you're starting out clayshooting then you'll want to be correctly dressed. Most serious clay shooters tend to wear the same garments each time they go out, so that everything feels familiar. Muted colours that echo the countryside around are best but clayshooting isn't as formal as driven shooting - you won't need to wear a tie!
First off, let’s see what it’s not appropriate to wear on a clay pigeon shoot. Turn up in any of the following and you won’t give the right impression. In fact, you might even be turned away from the clay ground.
- Camouflage kit
- Lycra leggings/cycling shorts
- Yoga/workout outfits
- Colourful patterned shirts/shorts/skirts
- T-shirts with slogans
- Cut-off jeans
What you should take to wear
Ear protection This is absolutely essential for protecting your hearing. You will almost certainly be handed some foam ear plugs as you arrive at the clay ground but it’s also worth turning up with ear defenders, which can be more comfortable and effective than foam ear plugs. Bespoke ear plugs and ear defenders are certainly worth looking into.
Eye protection. You’ll need some eye protectors to act as a barrier between your eyes and fragments of broken clays.
A shirt with a collar. This can be a short or long sleeved shirt or a polo shirt. You don’t need to wear a tie on a clay pigeon shoot.
Trousers. In winter these can be cord or moleskin. In summer you might like to opt for something lighter. Chinos would be quite acceptable.
Shooting vest. A gilet-type garment is very comfortable to wear when it’s cool and you need an extra layer. A shooting vest will also allow you to move freely.
Jacket. You might not need one in the summer but in winter a jacket is essential to keep you warm and dry. Make sure it has plenty of room around the arms so that you can swing through with the gun.
Shooting socks. Christmas gifts will never be a problem again.
Boots or sturdy shoes. The shooting ground can be uneven so you need footwear that will support your ankles. (Not trainers by the way.) Wellies are fine in winter but will be too hot come summer.
Gloves. The barrels of your shotgun are likely to get very hot – some people shoot 500 cartridges on a shoot day. To protect your hands, wear gloves.
Insect repellant. If you’re shooting in summer, this could come in handy.
Beginner's guide to shooting: Here we have the answers to some of the questions you have asked about starting shooting.
We advise you on what to wear shooting, whether at the clay ground or in the field