Some advice to new guns:

Going shooting for the first time can be a nervous experience at the best of times.  Even if you know the people you are shooting with and have shot clays before, you can still very easily trip up on the etiquette of the day.
 
The following advice should not be considered complete, it merely touches on  the major points that some novices may trip up on.

Before the day starts:

A double barrelled gun, either a side by side or an over and under is the standard equipment for driven shooting.  Usually a 12 bore is recommended to start with as this is the norm but with more experience a gun may move to others as personal preference dictates.  Self loading, semi automatic, and pump actions are heavily frowned upon and banned outright by most shoots. 

It is courteous to your fellow guns to dress in an acceptable and reasonable way but there is no need to over dress. Trainers, jeans and a baseball cap are definitely not acceptable but if you spend an hour or so looking around a reputable gun and clothing shop then what you see displayed is a good guide. Water proof footwear; either leather boots or wellingtons and a waterproof jacket, are the obvious essentials topped off with a sensible hat. Green trousers, a check shirt and a matching tie are normal.

When you arrive at the shoot, it is best practice to have your gun in a sleeve. This is as much a safety factor as a convenient way of carrying a gun when not shooting and many shoots insist on its use. YOUR GUN SHOULD REMAIN IN ITS SLEEVE AT ALL TIMES EXCEPT WHEN IT IS NEEDED FOR USE.

The number of standing guns on a driven shoot can be anything from six to ten. There are seldom less or more and generally there is eight. The number of drives can vary but the average is around six. Guns are directed to a specific position before the drive starts. This is often a peg of some sort stuck in the ground with a number attached. If there are no actual pegs, guns will still be directed to a specific position. Guns should remain at or very close to this peg or position throughout the drive, only moving on the order of whoever is in charge of the standing guns. Before shooting gets under way, there is usually a draw of some sort to determine which peg you stand at on the first drive. Before going to your peg, guns will be told how many pegs they move up for each new drive, i.e. from one to three then from three to five and so on.

You must have insurance when shooting. An ideal policy is offered by the BASC. You risk being refused permission to shoot if you turn up without evidence of cover even if you have paid. You must also have with you any licences required by law in the country in which you are shooting. Although you no longer require a game licence in England other countries may not be as easy to please. Make sure of the law as it applies to you before booking.

Shooting is dangerous! Please - do not take young children with you, certainly without letting the shoot know, or letting us know if you are booking your shooting through us.

If you are uncertain of your abilities let the shoot know and ask them to arrange a loader.  They can help you in a variety of ways including advice on your stance, if you are giving enough lead and if a bird is safe to shoot.  At the end of the day you should tip the loader and thank him for his assistance.  
 

During the day:

Once you are at your peg, remove your gun from its sleeve and break it. DO NOT LOAD UNTIL THE DRIVE HAS STARTED. You will have been told what the signal will be to announce that the drive has started and that shooting may commence. This may take the form of a blast on a horn, or a whistle. THERE MUST BE NO SHOOTING BEFORE THIS SIGNAL. Likewise, the end of the drive will be announced by a signal. THERE MUST BE NO SHOOTING AFTER THIS SIGNAL . If you are uncertain as to whether or not the drive has ended then ask a neighbour. If still in doubt, do not shoot. Whether a signal has been given or not and whether birds are flying or not, if there are beaters in front and in range, DO NOT SHOOT.

While the drive is in progress, you may shoot at any target which you have been told is a legitimate target such as pheasant, partridge, duck or pigeon, but not at any ground targets such as rabbits or foxes. You should never shoot at a bird unless you consider it to be in range. Conversely, if a bird is too close or too low, don't shoot. If you intend to shoot at a bird which is flying behind you, swing the gun high over the line of other guns, NEVER THROUGH THE LINE which would mean that at some juncture it may point at a neighbour. If you feel a bird is more in the range of a neighbour than your own, then leave the bird for the neighbour. If there is a bird in range of your neighbour and you feel he may not have seen it, it is acceptable to call a warning such as "forward".

When each drive ends pick up all your spent cartridge cases. Take them with you to where the guns will assemble to move off for the next drive and ask where they should be put. At the end of each drive and at the end of the day, ensure your gun is unloaded and RETURN IT TO ITS SLEEVE.

At the end of the day:

It is a common courtesy and it will be expected of you to thank both the game keeper for his hard work and the shoot captain or owner for his hospitality. It does not go amiss to thank others such as beaters and pickers up if the opportunity arises.
It is customary to tip the gamekeeper. There are several different ways to decide how much to tip but I believe the best policy is to tip £10 for the first bird and £10 per 50 birds thereafter subject to a minimum of £20 for bags of less than 100.
If you have shot well, got a good bag or particularly enjoyed yourself some people will offer much larger gratuities. It is perfectly acceptable to have a quiet word with other guns if you are not too sure how much you should tip.

ADHERENCE TO ALL OF THE FOREGOING WILL HELP YOU AND YOUR COMPANIONS ENJOY YOUR DAY IN SAFETY AND FRATERNITY.


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(V6.0 Updated 1st September 2012)

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