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15 things you should know if you’re a driven shooter

How well do you know your way around the field?

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Relatively new to shooting? Enjoying your first season? Here’s what every driven shooter should be aware of.

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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).

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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.

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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.)

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4. Dogs must be well-behaved

Only well-trained dogs are welcome. Dogs that know their jobs both on the peg and off it.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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8. Listen to your loader

Loaders are a fount of knowledge. Listen to them.


Gamekeepers and their teams are the eyes, the ears, the very soul of the shoot

9. Respect gamekeepers

Without a keeper there wouldn’t be a shoot. Do what they say.

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10. No camouflage

Whilst camo has its place stalking and in some other disciplines there is no place for it on a driven shooting day. (Read our guide on what to wear shooting.)

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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.

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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.

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13. Keep the field tidy

Always pick up your spent cartridges.

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14. Don’t slam car doors

Shut the doors of the vehicle you arrive in quietly, otherwise you will alert the birds.

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15. Tipping

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.