This form of shooting is much more formal than simply walking with your dog alongside the hedgerows, and is usually confined to organised shoots.
On the shoot day, a team of Pheasant shooters, or Guns, line out at numbered pegs. Meanwhile, under the gamekeeper's instructions, a group of beaters and their dogs move through areas of woodland or covert, flushing the game ahead of them.
The Pheasant shooting commences as the birds break cover and fly high over the line of Guns to provide sporting shots. Shot game is retrieved quickly by a picker-up who sends his/her trained gundog to where the shot game falls. Because of the organisation and number of people involved in a shoot of this sort, the cost to the Guns is considerably higher than in the other types of shooting.
Pheasant shooting is a relatively expensive sport….
The Pheasant shooting season runs annually from October 1st through to the 1st February, in the out season many guns practice by shooting ‘simulated game’, events are held up and down the country.
Simulated Game is for the experienced shooter and is the nearest thing to actual Pheasant Shooting. As the real thing you will receive a peg number on each drive, one pair of shooters adopt each peg , one shooting and one loading (plus spotting and hopefully offering advice to their partner).
You can shoot at your own pace but each shooter will probably shoot between 60-100 cartridges per drive at hundreds of clays being delivered by multiple traps that simulate quarry such as pheasant, partridge, duck etc
Poaching other people's birds/clays is actively encouraged, but of course safety is of the paramount.
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