To mark the new season, we've rounded up some articles on pheasant shooting that are key reads.

There’s an early morning nip in the air which means that the pheasant season, starting on 1 October, is just around the corner. Whether you’re new to pheasant shooting or a seasoned hand, here are some useful pheasant shooting must-reads covering everything from guns and ammunition to shooting high birds.

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Driven pheasant shooting

1. What’s the best cartridge load for driven pheasants? 

Instructor Adam Calvert offers the benefit of his experience. He points out that cartridge choice depends on the gun you are using and whether it is a side-by-side or an over-and-under, suggesting some suitable ammunition for each. He also talks about recoil and the importance of using using the best cartridges for a particular day.

2. What is the best choke and cartridge combination for pheasant shooting?

Taking the time to find the best shotgun cartridge and choke blend for you this season will pay dividends. Here’s how to assess it.

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3. Popular shotguns for the pheasant season

What do readers and keen Shots rate as the top-performing game guns? We asked around and this is what people said. Each would perform on driven shoot days or walked-up days. Plus some tips on what you should consider when picking out a game gun.

4. How to know your bird on a driven pheasant day

Which is your bird? Which is your neighbour’s? Here is the etiquette a shooter should know, particularly if they want to follow correct form and be invited back again.

high pheasant shooting

Tackling a high pheasant

5. High pheasant shooting tips 

One to read and study for later on in the season when those birds have seen it, done it. High pheasants are definitely sporting, but they’re the ones you will remember. Here is how to deal with them.

6. What to expect on your first day pheasant shooting

However much you’ve been looking forward to it, you may still be feeling a bit daunted. Here’s what you need to know about how to behave, what to wear, why you should listen carefully to the shoot captain, what not to do and why you should always tip and say your thank-yous.