How well do you know your way around the field?
Relatively new to shooting? Enjoying your first season? Here’s what every driven shooter should be aware of.
1. Invitation etiquette
A polite driven shooter will respond to shoot invitations promptly – whether you can come or not. You NEVER PBI (pending better invitation).
2. Keeper’s briefing
Always listen carefully to the keeper’s briefing before you go out. You never chat to your neighbour or scroll on your phone.
3. Driven shooting clothing
If you’re on a formal shoot you should wear a tie (as a mark of respect towards your quarry) or a silk scarf tucked into a shirt (for a lady). (Read our list of the best Tattersall check shirts.)
4. Dogs must be well-behaved
Only well-trained dogs are welcome. Dogs that know their jobs both on the peg and off it.
5. Turn off the mobile
A shooter who lets his mobile ring during a drive or checks it constantly is unlikely to be invited back.
6. Gun broken and in a gunslip
Every Gun at a shoot should know the shooting safety rules by heart and practise them in full.
7. Don’t be greedy
Poaching birds from other Guns is not the done thing. (Read how to tell which is your bird and which is your neighbour’s.)
8. Listen to your loader
Loaders are a fount of knowledge. Listen to them.
9. Respect gamekeepers
Without a keeper there wouldn’t be a shoot. Do what they say.
10. No camouflage
11. Take a brace of pheasant home
Eat what you shoot and if you don’t know how to cook pheasant or partridge then learn. We have plenty of game recipes here.
12. Wear dark colours for grouse
On the grouse moor wear dark colours that will blend in with the surroundings, otherwise the birds will spot you.
13. Keep the field tidy
Always pick up your spent cartridges.
14. Don’t slam car doors
Shut the doors of the vehicle you arrive in quietly, otherwise you will alert the birds.
Don’t forget to tip. If you don’t tip, you’ll be remembered for all the wrong reasons. (Read our guide to tipping on a shoot day here.)
This article was published in 2016 and has been updated.