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We advise you on what to wear shooting. (Photo courtesy Campbells of Beauly)

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What to wear shooting 

Getting your shooting clothing right isn’t just a case of looking the part. You also want to make sure that you’re protected against the elements – staying warm and dry in winter and cool in summer.

In the first instance ask your host what the dress code is likely to be. If it’s a driven day then a tie is expected. If it’s an informal walked-up day then  matters are likely to be different.

Walker & Hawes tweed cap

Should you wear a tweed cap?

Different clothes for different disciplines

Shooting etiquette demands different clothing for different disciplines. If you’re at a formal shoot then it’s going to be tweeds, or moleskins for less formal. If you’re stalking you might want to look at camouflage and your clothing will certainly need to be quiet and not ‘rustle’. What should you wear clayshooting? If it’s summer, maybe just a light gilet. But a cap is still important.

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Clayshooting vest by Musto £95

What’s best to wear on your feet and should you wear a cap? Read on and find out the answers.

Here’s the information you need on choosing the right kit for shooting.

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Best waders for wildfowlers

Choosing footwear for any fieldsport is ultimately down to personal preference and affordability. This is true for wildfowlers too.  I have used a range of waders over the years and the following list of the best waders for wildfowlers is a selection that would be very useful. (You might also…

best corduroy trousers

Best corduroy trousers in classic styles and colours

The best corduroy trousers, or cords, have long been a staple of a winter wardrobe. They are warm, comfy and come in a host of different colours. You can choose a fine needlecord, a standard cord or opt for thicker jumbo cord. Country types love their versatility – a pair…

Tatttersall shirts

The best Tattersall shirts for shooting

The best Tattersall shirts are design classics for shooting and a garment that no countryman or woman should be without. (For our list of the best shooting shirts see here.) Tattersall is basically a check or plaid pattern woven into cloth. There are are numerous patterns, as you’ll see in…

best moleskin trousers

Moleskin trousers: we’ve picked out the best for country style

Moleskin has been around for centuries and moleskin trousers have long been a part of a country wardrobe, thanks to their warmth, comfort and durability. Despite the name, the fabric is not made from moles; it is actually created from densely woven pure cotton. Shooting Times contributor Matt Cross says:…

best quilted jackets

Best quilted jackets and gilets for country types

Quilted jackets are ideal to wear on their own to keep the chill off, or underneath a thicker coat for warming layering. Or you can opt for a quilted gilet to wear over a sweater or shirt and again under a coat when it’s chilly. (Read our tips on how…

best tweed jackets

The best tweed jackets: here are our top picks

It’s always useful to have a few good jackets and blazers to wear and a sports jacket in a Harris tweed or similar is a garment that you’ll put on again and again. The best tweed jackets will look good if you’re having lunch in a country pub, if you’re…

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Best tweed shooting jackets for ladies

At last, designers and clothing manufacturers are waking up to the fact that country-loving females want to look smart and stylish in a jacket that is designed to blend in out in the field, walking the dog, watching the rugby and over drinks in the pub. We asked around some…

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Women in the field – some advice on what to wear

It’s key to know what to wear shooting. Not only from a sartorial point of view, because you’ll want to have the confidence of knowing you’re looking your best, but also from a comfort point of view. You need to be able to swing your gun freely, stay dry, warm…

Rough shooting jacket – what are the best options?

Many shooters are introduced to the sport through either rough shooting or walked-up shooting, and it is often the starting point for the best Shots, as it is a perfect way to get fresh air, be out in nature, and get plenty of exercise, as you’ll likely spend a while…

Shooting suits made to measure

Shooting suits made to measure: where to go for bespoke tweeds

Inheriting a pair of Purdeys or a grouse moor? That would certainly delight most keen Shots. But most Shots would rather wear shooting suits made to measure, created from personally chosen cloth than inherit great-grandfather’s old tweeds (think moth-eaten, ripped linings, mysterious stains). Shooting suits made to measure If you’re…

camouflage jackets

Camouflage jackets – our top picks

The type of camouflage jackets you are going to need can differ depending on the time of year, location or quarry you are hunting (check out our advice on how to choose the right camouflage). The basics will always apply: pick a camouflage jacket that will help you to blend…

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Best clay shooting vests

What are clay shooters looking for in the best clay shooting vests? (Here’s our advice on what to wear clay shooting.) Clay shooter and Sporting Gun contributor Rhys Plum advises: “The vest is a piece of uniform that unites all us clay shooters. But it is also a great way…


The shooting kit that we’d all love to have

There are various pieces of shooting kit that are essential to trips out in the field. We’ve picked some top picks and some that are on the wish list. 1. The jacket Harkila Stornoway Tweed Shooting Jacket £369.95 This recently came out top in our list of best tweed shooting…

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The best clay shooting jackets

You can be very exposed to the wind and rain on a clay ground and that’s when layers come into their own. So we’ve picked out a selection of the best clay shooting jackets around which would work well in a layering system. Whilst we’re on the subject of layers,…

Tweed shooting coat

The best tweed shooting coats

A comfortable, breathable, stylish shooting coat is a key part of shooting clothing. While technical fabrics have been on the march in recent years, tweed still has a place in the hearts of traditional country people. (If you’re looking for something smarter for a night at the local pub or…

Best waterproof trousers – our top picks for all-season hunting

If you’re thinking about what to wear when you’re shooting, at the top of your list should be a pair of good waterproof overtrousers. Living in the countryside can present a tricky set of challenges when it comes to clothing. Whether it’s hot and humid, windy, cold and rainy or…

best wildfowling jackets

Best wildfowling jackets – we put them to the test

Why we need the best wildfowling jackets It is 4am in mid-January. The Shipping Forecast warns of meteorological Armageddon from Gibraltar Point to North Foreland. Sleet like spittle taps the windows and a gusting north-easterly is making up its mind whether or not to remove the shed roof. In conditions…

best clothing for beaters

The best clothing for beaters (and pickers-up)

We asked those in the know what they think is the best clothing for beaters. What to wear and what to avoid. (Read our beating on a shoot day rules for some more advice.) Liam Stokes, CEO of the British Game Assurance (formerly British Game Alliance) advises: “As a gamekeeping…