If you’re concerned about the etiquette of driven shooting, there’s no need to worry. There will be plenty of friendly faces to point you in the right direction. If you’re a new gun, someone may shadow you for the day, helping you to learn the ropes and any driven shooting techniques that you need.
- Reply to an invitation to shoot and arrive promptly on the day out of respect for your host
- Dress to be warm and waterproof
- Wear a formal shirt and tie - traditional tweed clothing in general is a safe bet
- Take ear and eye protection
- Always respect your fellow guns
- Always make sure that it’s a safe shot, if in doubt, leave it.
- Always pick up your empty cartridge cases to keep the countryside tidy
- Always thank the gamekeeper and his teams, for the day they have provided. A tip will be expected at the end of the day.
- Shoot ground game eg foxes, rabbits, hares. Unless otherwise told.
- Disrespect the countryside
- Forget you’re in charge of a firearm at all times and drink responsibly if you stop for elevenses.
- Shoot at birds that are too far away - know your own ability to kill birds cleanly.
In terms of shooting the birds, remember practice makes perfect. We hope this introduction has encouraged you to get out into the countryside with your dog and enjoy your day of driven pheasant shooting!