Partridge shooting coming up this season? Read our ten top partridge shooting tips below to get the most out of your day in the field.
Tip #1 Stay alert
Concentration during a drive is incredibly important. Many guns are prone to getting caught out watching what their neighbour is doing only for a covey to come over the line. This inevitably leads to a rushed shot and a probable miss. Don’t worry about what others are doing, focus on your own peg.
Tip #2 Be quiet
As soon as you get to a drive, ensure you stay as quiet as possible – no loud chatting with your neighbours – as partridges are particularly sensitive to noise. There will be plenty of time to talk with your fellow guns after the whistle.
Tip #3 Don’t rush
Partridge shooting can be a fast affair but try not to rush. As soon as the action starts ensure you have a fairly high ready position so the gun doesn’t have to travel too far.
Tip #4 Choose the right load
Partridges are small birds so large shot sizes are not necessary. A 6 shot for early season and traditional style partridges would be best and maybe a 5 for higher birds or later season birds. For most partridges this will be sufficient enough to ensure a clean kill.
Tip #5 Perfect your footwork
Footwork is a key element to successful shooting, but when shooting partridge ensure you don’t move around too much as this could cause all sorts of problems. Address the bird you intend to shoot and ready your feet before you take the shot to minimise movement.
Tip #6 Practice makes perfect
As with anything, practice will ensure you build your confidence and know what to expect by the time you get out in the field. Lady’s Wood’s team of expert instructors have many years of game shooting experience and are skilled in the instruction of partridge shooting.
In addition to our partridge shooting tips, why not book your partridge shooting lesson at Lady’s Wood? Give us a call on 01454 294546 or email email@example.com.