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Hi All,

 

I have been kindly invited as a guest on which will be my very first driven day. It is a friends and family day but it is my friends estate and i really want to make sure i don’t drop any clangers.

can anyone tell me what i should expect from a driven, what etiquette i should be aware of and how to get the most out of it ?.

 

thanks all

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Hi All,

 

I have been kindly invited as a guest on which will be my very first driven day. It is a friends and family day but it is my friends estate and i really want to make sure i don’t drop any clangers.

can anyone tell me what i should expect from a driven, what etiquette i should be aware of and how to get the most out of it ?.

 

thanks all

if its your first shoot mate shoot what ever you want to just tell them you didn't know lol just enjoy the day for what it is mate sure you'd be shown the ropes
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Expect a lot of socialising, drinking, confusing instructions, all manner of birds (not all will be close/far enough to shoot, so make your own judgements), drinking and banter. And the day will most likely end with a piss up! LOL

 

Etiquette: double barreled guns only, don't shoot at pigeons etc before the the first pheasants/partridge have started to cross, when the drive ends don't take a couple more cheeky shots, mark your fallen birds, don't poach your neighbours birds, pick up your emptys, listen to the instructions and morning brief and ffs remember your stand/peg number. Start of the day you'll probably draw numbers and then be told to move up 2 or 3 for each following drive.

 

It's worth making an effort to look reasonably smart too. Shirt and shooting fleece with big pockets to hide all your emptys! LOL.

 

It's really nothing to worry about. Friends and family days are informal fun days, good entry into driven game. Just enjoy it and if unsure ask.

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All of the above.

 

Be polite and friendly to keepers and beaters and pickers up and be honest it's your first time and they will look after you andlikely put you in good pegs where you will have a great day . Sometimes one of the experienced pickers up will come over and keep you right as they know the. Flushing points and direction birds are heading.

 

Don't blast low birds or shoot at your neighbours and stop shooting when you see the beaters coming in .

 

But smile and enjoy it . Go smart ,don't were cammo gear and definitely shoot a side by side doesn't matter old or tatty it is it's better than over and under and semi autos are taboo.

 

If it's family and friends its all about everyone having a good day . You'll love it .

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Expect a lot of socialising, drinking, confusing instructions, all manner of birds (not all will be close/far enough to shoot, so make your own judgements), drinking and banter. And the day will most likely end with a piss up! LOL

 

Etiquette: double barreled guns only, don't shoot at pigeons etc before the the first pheasants/partridge have started to cross, when the drive ends don't take a couple more cheeky shots, mark your fallen birds, don't poach your neighbours birds, pick up your emptys, listen to the instructions and morning brief and ffs remember your stand/peg number. Start of the day you'll probably draw numbers and then be told to move up 2 or 3 for each following drive.

 

It's worth making an effort to look reasonably smart too. Shirt and shooting fleece with big pockets to hide all your emptys! LOL.

 

It's really nothing to worry about. Friends and family days are informal fun days, good entry into driven game. Just enjoy it and if unsure ask.

 

Don't forget to tip the keeper!!!!!!!!lol

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All of the above.

Be polite and friendly to keepers and beaters and pickers up and be honest it's your first time and they will look after you andlikely put you in good pegs where you will have a great day . Sometimes one of the experienced pickers up will come over and keep you right as they know the. Flushing points and direction birds are heading.

Don't blast low birds or shoot at your neighbours and stop shooting when you see the beaters coming in .

But smile and enjoy it . Go smart ,don't were cammo gear and definitely shoot a side by side doesn't matter old or tatty it is it's better than over and under and semi autos are taboo.

If it's family and friends its all about everyone having a good day . You'll love it .

It's a rarity these days for a shoot to have a problem with an O/U. Semis are a no no for good reason. You can hardly lump O/U in with them, general attitude towards O/U are far more in kin with SbS.

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Expect a lot of socialising, drinking, confusing instructions, all manner of birds (not all will be close/far enough to shoot, so make your own judgements), drinking and banter. And the day will most likely end with a piss up! LOL

Etiquette: double barreled guns only, don't shoot at pigeons etc before the the first pheasants/partridge have started to cross, when the drive ends don't take a couple more cheeky shots, mark your fallen birds, don't poach your neighbours birds, pick up your emptys, listen to the instructions and morning brief and ffs remember your stand/peg number. Start of the day you'll probably draw numbers and then be told to move up 2 or 3 for each following drive.

It's worth making an effort to look reasonably smart too. Shirt and shooting fleece with big pockets to hide all your emptys! LOL.

It's really nothing to worry about. Friends and family days are informal fun days, good entry into driven game. Just enjoy it and if unsure ask.

Don't forget to tip the keeper!!!!!!!!lol

Absolutely!

 

Here's one, stop showing off with that bloody 410! LOL LOL.

 

That is another good point from Dan though. It's only good form to be gracious to your hosts and the others involved on the day and certainly tip the keeper for his hard work.

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Expect a lot of socialising, drinking, confusing instructions, all manner of birds (not all will be close/far enough to shoot, so make your own judgements), drinking and banter. And the day will most likely end with a piss up! LOL

Etiquette: double barreled guns only, don't shoot at pigeons etc before the the first pheasants/partridge have started to cross, when the drive ends don't take a couple more cheeky shots, mark your fallen birds, don't poach your neighbours birds, pick up your emptys, listen to the instructions and morning brief and ffs remember your stand/peg number. Start of the day you'll probably draw numbers and then be told to move up 2 or 3 for each following drive.

It's worth making an effort to look reasonably smart too. Shirt and shooting fleece with big pockets to hide all your emptys! LOL.

It's really nothing to worry about. Friends and family days are informal fun days, good entry into driven game. Just enjoy it and if unsure ask.

Don't forget to tip the keeper!!!!!!!!lol
Absolutely!

 

Here's one, stop showing off with that bloody 410! LOL LOL.

 

That is another good point from Dan though. It's only good form to be gracious to your hosts and the others involved on the day and certainly tip the keeper for his hard work.

Lol got a nice new 28bore to piss folks off with now

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What's the big deal with shooting a semi auto ? Is it just snobbery .........

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What's the big deal with shooting a semi auto ? Is it just snobbery .........

Partly... but also safety and respect. A double can be carried broken which keeps everybody else comfortable in your presence and is limited to a sporting two shots.

 

Most are still perfectly happy to shoot with or in the company of someone who is using a semi for pest control, pigeon or fowling though.

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I can understand the sporting element of the two shots ........

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A semi can be loaded with just two cartridges and a breech flag can be used to show its unloaded and safe.

 

Traditionally s/s are used but many use o/u now

 

I have been on many keepers days with the 'normal' folk, no snobbery involved and most use semi's, no accidents and plenty birds shot sportingly

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Turn up on any of my days with an auto and your going home or borrowing a proper gun,traditions should be upheld or else we will soon be allowing shell suits and baseball caps on the field as it is too many beaters turn up dressed like something from desert storm some things as they say are just not cricket

 

As for snobbery interesting that I find the snobbery and prejudice is far more prevalent in the beating line than ever exists with the guns perhaps some should actually spend time with the more affluent and influential in society before making such judgments

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I usually turn up for beating better dressed than the guns! But I do like playing dress up lol

I'll just add focus on being safe! And be seen to be being safe, always have the gun in a slip or broken and empty when walking to your peg. When you do line up on a bird, make sure there is plenty of sky behind it and not the woods the beaters are in. Be muzzle aware at all times, if your guns closed it should be pointing up or down NOT inbetween.

And just try not to shoot anything to close, nobody likes to see a pair of wings left ;)

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And remember if your not 100% that a shot is safe, don't take it.

You can't take a shot back once you've pulled the trigger ;)

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