The Glorious Twelfth marks the start of the grouse shooting season. From 12th August – 10th December, the UK’s grouse moors ring with the sound of gunshots as hunters gather for the red grouse shooting season. Leading up to one of the most important dates on the shooting calendar, we have some top tips to help you get ready for the Glorious Twelfth.
Get some practice in
Whether you’re a seasoned shooter or just a beginner, getting some practice in never hurts if it’s been a while since you last picked up a gun. Find a local shooting club in your area and book yourself in for a masterclass or practice session with a qualified instructor.
Check which cartridge you need
Before you embark on a grouse shoot, check with your host what types of cartridges are accepted on the moor. Some shoots insist on certain types of cartridges.
What to wear
Shooting is a social sport, but that does not mean you should sacrifice practicality and comfort for the sake of looking fashionable during your shoot. Ensure you have a waterproof hunting jacket or a waxed coat, breeks (water resistant and windproof felt trousers), a shooting vest, shooting socks and a sturdy pair of boots. Some shoots have a dress code, so check with your host in advance. Traditionally, shooters wear clothing in shades of brown or green. This helps them blend into their surroundings, increasing their chances of a successful shoot.
There is an element of risk at any type of shoot. Thankfully, most grouse shooting etiquette has been developed to promote safety. Ask your host any safety questions before the day starts to make sure you’re familiar with their protocol. Also, make sure you take the right equipment with you, which has been listed below.
Being a safe shot is more important than anything else. Do not be over-competitive, know your range and ideally, leave the sloe gin until after the shoot is over.
Bring the following accessories with you to help your shoot go smoothly:
- Ear protection – options include disposable ear plugs and noise cancelling headphones
- Safety glasses – an essential piece of safety equipment
- Cartridge belt – more efficient than having cartridges in your pocket
- Grouse marker – this helps you keep a record of where your felled bird has landed
- Gun cleaning kit – if you are away for a couple days or more, you will need to clean your gun
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