This is the first time I will have shot driven stuff – and I’m starting to worry about what’s in store. What can I expect when I get there?

Partridge shooting
JOHN BIDWELL
Relax and enjoy the experience. Hit or miss, I’m sure the two of you will have a terrific time.

If none of your friends can tell you how a driven day is conducted, visit your local library and see what books on game shooting are on the shelf.

Some will give a fair description of what’s involved, and the people you are likely to meet.

Don’t feel shy about your inexperience; have a quiet word, if you can, with the shoot owner/organiser/captain before the day and let them know this is your first time.

They will do everything they can to make you feel at ease.

Your host will want you to shoot as well as you can and not waste opportunities so between now and the ‘big’ day get as much practice in as you can on high and low driven targets down at the clay club.

However – always remember that safety is the key thing on any game shoot so practice taking birds safely in front with the sky as your background and make a point of always keeping your muzzles up – especially if it’s safe to turn and take a shot at a bird having passed through the line.

Your host will explain the rules on this during his pre-shoot briefing.

Personally I would prefer to concentrate on shooting in front, even if it means getting off just one, accurate, shot at a time.