Driven shooting

Driven shooting is very popular and certainly takes a bit out of the guesswork out of the day. The Guns are lined up and each given a specific place to shoot from, known as a ‘peg’. The best peg is considered to be in the middle of the line, so with every new drive the Guns are moved around so that the shooting is shared. Beaters then drive the birds out of cover over the waiting Guns.

Five top tips for driven shooting

Ed Wills, Deputy Editor of Shooting Times, gives his five top tips for driven shooting.

1. Be wary of your neighbouring peg . It is considered bad sport to poach your neighbours birds. Leave if unsure of distance.

2. Dress accordingly. Check with the shoot captain beforehand to gauge the dress code.
3. Make sure you are aware of where the pickers up are behind you. They could be concealed by foliage.
4. Watch the flanked end gun. They may come up unseen over a hill so watch your swing.
5.  Always remember to tip the keeper graciously. They are a fundamental part in the day and have worked tirelessly to put the birds over your head.
women driven shooting

Why more and more women are enjoying driven shooting

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Shot pheasants

High demand for shooting next season

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driven shooting lesson

Here’s a driven shooting lesson to get you back in the field

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driven or walked-up shooting

What’s more challenging – a driven or a walked-up day?

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Shooting in field

What’s the best cartridge load for standard driven pheasants?

How should you tackle standard driven pheasants when you’re out in the field? The sort you’re likely to come across earlier in the season. What would be the best cartridge load for driven pheasants? Speaking from my experience as a shooting instructor I think that the cartridges a shooter uses…

People from all walks of life gather shooting

PhD on driven shooting Chris Packham tried to stop is now published

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The origins of driven shooting

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Braced up pheasants

Has commercial driven game shooting reached a watershed?

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Female Gun

An invitation to a driven day – a female Gun reports back

I have been fortunate enough to be involved in the wonderful world of fieldsports for most of my life. 
From rough shooting with my 
father to great times on the beating lines, I can still claim that one of my greatest achievements was to be head beater by the age…

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Glorious start to the grouse season

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Late-season driven shooting

Late-season driven shooting – how to get the most from it

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Struggling on long crossers – what should I do?

Shooting instructor Adam Calvert replies: A: The walking gun brief can be one of my favourite roles but equally it is a tricky one, and the addition of long crossers can be an extra challenge. When you are given a brief as a walking gun the most important thing is to remember the associated safety that actually surrounds walking…

red legged partridge

Getting up to speed on partridges

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How to be a good shoot day host

How to be a good shoot day host – 10 top tips

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A lesson on driven grouse targets

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man shooting over dog

Shooting memories I’d rather forget …

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