Looking for some 2020 inspiration? Here's our guide to the resolutions that might just transform your time in the field

  1. Have a shooting lesson. In fact, why not book a few. If you feel your shooting has been below par this season then it might be time to go back to basics, book some sessions with an instructor and see what is going wrong. It’s simple to slip into bad habits if they remain uncorrected and the longer you leave it, the harder it will be to change things.
  2. Visit the clay ground for some practice. Don’t just hang up your gun over the summer, visit your nearest clay ground to keep your eye in.
  3. Do a game cookery course. Eating what you shoot is all part of it. If you’re trying the same old recipes, it’s time to enlarge your repertoire.
  4. If your shotgun certificate or firearms certificate is up for renewal in 2020 make sure you get it sorted in plenty of time. Allow 12 weeks before it expires for your new certificate to be processed.

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    Teach a dog to sit quietly at the peg, and only retrieve when commanded to do so.

  5. Don’t loiter on the way to your peg. Get to the peg, get loaded and get going. If the birds start to move before you are ready then it’s your fault.
  6. Show politeness to the beaters. Say hello and how are you as they emerge from the undergrowth and start back towards their vehicles. Don’t be one of those Guns who walks past beaters without a word.
  7. Don’t forget to tip correctly.
  8. Remember that we are the ambassadors of our sport so behave impeccably. Don’t post anything on social media that might show shooting in a bad light.Gun safety rules
  9. Follow the shooting safety rules at all times.
  10. Make sure you have adequate shooting insurance. It’s always worth being a member of the British Association for Shooting & Conservation (BASC), the Game & Wildlife Trust (GWCT) or another fieldsports organisation. If you have any legal queries they have experts on hand to help.
  11. Respond to all shooting invitations promptly.

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    Follow the dress code

  12. Make sure you’re dressed appropriately for a day in the field and put your phone on silent.