DO dress appropriately
If you are unsure what to wear, check the dress code with your host. This is often included on the invitation but if it isn’t, ask.
Traditionally, shooting attire for both men and women consists of a three-piece suit comprising of a tweed jacket, waistcoat or shooting vest and tweed breeks or trousers.
On a more formal shoot, traditional shooting attire will be expected; a shirt and tie is viewed as a mark of respect to the quarry. Depending on the shoot, it isn’t always necessary to wear traditional breeks – smart trousers will suffice – however, breeks will never look out of place on a formal shoot.
Whilst it’s important to adhere to the day’s dress code, it’s equally crucial to ensure you dress for the weather and season. Of course, the game season coincides with the colder months in the UK so staying warm and dry is paramount!
DON’T forget your kit
As well as dressing the part, it’s important to ensure you’re properly equipped for the day. Generally speaking, you will be expected to bring your own gun. If you are a novice, discuss with your host the possibility of having a gun provided for you. They may also be able to arrange a loader who may prove to be a useful guide to a complete beginner. Of course, if you regularly shoot and own your own gun then do bring this with you.
In addition to a gun, other kit to remember includes: a decent pair of ear defenders and safety glasses, a gun slip, cartridge bag (and your cartridge of choice!).All of these things are available to purchase from our onsite gunroom, Sportarm at Lady’s Wood, part of the award-winning Sportarm group.
DO listen to all instructions
It’s important that you listen to all instructions throughout the day, both for safety reasons and to ensure you’re always aware of what’s happening. The day will begin with a safety briefing where you will be told what you can and can’t shoot as well as what to look out for throughout the day. Ensure you are always following the instruction of your host and keeper.
DO remember sportsmanship
Sportsmanship is a big part of game shooting. There are certain agreements in place to keep things sporting. For example, it is considered very poor form to shoot a low bird or to ‘poach’ your neighbour’s bird. Aim for good, clean kills that bring the bird down quickly.
DON’T drink excessively
It is down to the individual to know their own limits and it goes without saying that drinking to excess and being in control of a gun is a big no no. However, once the shooting is done for the day and all guns are safely stored away then there is no harm in indulging in a drink or two!
DO tip the keeper
Knowing how much to tip the keeper can be tricky, especially if it’s your first shoot day. As with most things, it’s always a good idea to ask your host what the recommended tip is prior to the day. As a guide, it should be somewhere between £30 and £80. However, if you have enjoyed your day and want to show your appreciation don’t be afraid to reflect this in your tip.
DO say thank you
A lot of time and effort will have been put into making a shoot day a success so taking the time to say thank you will be much appreciated by the host. Doing this ‘the old fashioned way’ in the form of a handwritten letter (as opposed to an email) is generally expected and is good way to ensure you’re invited again!
Our shooting instructors have a wealth of game shooting experience. For us, game shooting instruction encompasses the whole experience and when you book a lesson with us, we’re only too happy to give you a few pointers to ensure you fully enjoy all aspects or your day in the field. Book your lesson by calling us on 01454 294546 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.