CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT
It is etiquette and more comfortable to turn up for a shoot day being dressed correctly.
The dress code for most driven game shoots are collar and tie, breeks with long socks and gaiters. Of course if you are a lady, you can choose to wear a long skirt instead of breeks. Water proof ankle boots as you may well experience walking over rough ground or through long grass to your peg. If the weather is warm a shooting waistcoat, as this will offer some shoulder protection when shooting and give you comfortable sized pockets to hold cartridges. If cold or wet a suitable shooting coat, obviously water proof, and fitted to allow you to swing and mount the gun correctly.
On the more formal shoots you may be expected to wear a hat, a tweed cap is recommend as this will allow you to wear headphones for ear protection.
With regards to equipment, obviously it is essential to bring a gun and the correct cartridges for the gun, not to forget the correct load for the quarry that you will be shooting. If you are shooting a side by side gun, then we would recommend you to bring a glove or hand guard to protect your hand from the barrels, should the gun become warm.
You need to have a gun slip in order to protect your gun while being transported from drive to drive, and to enable you to carry the gun in the slip over your shoulder being comfortable and safe when walking to and from your peg.
Bring a cartridge bag that will hold sufficient cartridges for each drive. The anticipated amount of birds to be shot in the day, should give you an indication of how many cartridges you need per drive and therefore also the size cartridge bag suitable. Generally a cartridge bag that will hold 100 cartridges will suffice in most situations.
Ear protection is paramount, for obvious reasons. Eye protection is also paramount if shooting grouse or traditional partridges over hedge rows. Sun glasses should be in your pocket if required when shooting as it is not always etiquette to wear sun glasses. In the wrong situation, for example on a grouse moor, the reflection from the glass can be seen by the grouse and make them turn away. Hence why a cap should be worn.
A shooting seat enabling you to rest your legs whilst waiting for the drive to commence, can also be recommended.
A walking stick may be good to bring, especially if shooting grouse as sometimes walking to your peg on a moor can be over rough terrain. Also, a bird finder is essential on a grouse moor as it helps you to remember where your shot birds lie. Mosquitos can be numerous on certain moors, so do remember to bring a mosquito repellent.