A few pieces from the past pages of Shooting Times and Sporting Gun ...
If it’s your first time out, then your fellow beaters and pickers-up will show you the ropes. In the meantime, here’s a selection of articles you’ll find useful to browse through …
Beating is tough work and challenging to get right. But sometimes beaters aren’t always given the applause and credit they deserve. Reading this article could be an eye opener.
Beaters’s dogs are vital to the success of a shoot day and are often the unsung heroes of the field. But they also have the most fun …
A vital aspect of shooting is the humane despatching of a wounded bird or animal. The prime objective of shooting live quarry is to ensure, wherever possible, an instant death for the creature we are pursuing.
Have you received an invitation to pick up on a driven shoot? Never done it before? Here’s what to expect.
Apparently, as a young princess, our Queen used to hijack the family corgis to track down shot birds at Balmoral.
A gamekeeper gives his view of what constitutes the perfect beater on a shoot. (Not worrying about the keeper appearing gruff is one advantage.)
There are plenty of traps for the young and experienced dog on the beating line. Here’s how to avoid them and get out of them.
Very few gundog owners are fully aware of the responsibility that comes with working with your dog as a picker-up in, what is, a vital part of a game shoot.
Picking-up, like shooting, is a key part of a driven shoot day, but both pickers-up and guns are prone to bad habits. Any of these sound familiar?
It’s always refreshing to find shoots where things are run a little differently. David Tomlinson reports from a very egalitarian set-up.