Gunplan’s Guide to Going on a Festive Shoot

All over the country, shooters will be enjoying shoots over the festive period. Although no game shooting takes place on Christmas Day itself, Boxing Day shoots are a chance to spend the day enjoying the countryside with your closest friends and family.

So, if you’re going out on Boxing Day – or on any festive shoot for that matter – have a read of our top tips on how you can have the best day possible.

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How to find your local festive shoot

If you’ve never been on a festive shoot before it can be hard to know how to go about finding one to join. The most popular is undoubtedly the boxing day shoot.

There has long been a tradition of holding Boxing Day shoots in Britain, and none more famous than the yearly Royal shoot held at their Norfolk estate in Sandringham. If you want to join a Boxing Day shoot of your own – your best bet is to look online for shoots in your area.

Keep warm

This might seem like obvious advice but being freezing cold on a shoot is going to affect your aim! If you’re sticking with wearing traditional tweed, make sure it has a waterproof membrane and a padded inner layer, so it’ll keep you warm and dry.

Wearing shooting socks under your wellingtons or boots is also a must if you want to keep warm. We recommend neoprene shooting socks as they have excellent thermal warming qualities. Of course, cold hands are also going to affect your form. When buying shooting gloves, make sure they are fleece lined and have removable trigger finger covers.

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Watch out for frost

It’s pretty much guaranteed that it’s going to be frosty during the festive period. When on a shoot, the main thing to watch out for is slippy ground – falling over with your gun in your hand is far from ideal. It’s also going to affect your aim if a sharp, frosty breeze catches your nose and makes your eyes water – so bear this in mind!

If we’re lucky enough to have a white Christmas this year, then snow can actually help out more than you think. Every impact on a fresh layer of snow can be clearly seen from a distance – meaning fallen game can be picked up a lot more easily.

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Know your alcohol limits

We all know that alcohol and Christmas go hand in hand. If you’re on a Boxing Day shoot, you may well get offered a Christmas drink or two – especially over lunch. Make sure you stick to your limits – we recommend that if you’ve drunk too much to drive a car, then you’ve likely had too much to handle a gun. Save the generous drinking for a day when there’s no shooting on the agenda!

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The best way to ensure you have a good Christmas shoot is by taking out specialist shooting insurance. This way, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you’re protected.

Whether it’s Public Liability cover up to £10 million, Personal Accident or Equipment Cover, Gunplan’s specialist shooting insurance can protect you during a festive shoot (or any shoot for the rest of the year for that matter). So, treat yourself to the gift of peace of mind this Christmas and get your instant, tailored quote with us today.

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