An Introduction to English Driven Shooting

English Driven Pheasant shooting is a wondrous sport and is also more sophisticated and exciting compared to rough shooting or walk up shooting most hunters are used to. Instead of the quiet loneliness of roaming though a field with your dogs and possibly one friend or so, the camaraderie and companionship, even fellowship of other shooters really enhances the sport.<br>There's nothing like the experience of 10 hunters (often known as 'Guns') shooting down birds from the heavens in short succession, hot barrels of the guns flaring and with a quick reload from your loader to make for near constant shooting.<br><br><a href="" target='_blank'>English driven pheasant shooting</a> was introduced in the Eighteenth century when cartridge and breach loading guns became available and has grown because of its own quaintness of character and its own habits and customs ever since. The cartridges utilised are designated for high birds since the game can be upto 60 ft in the air and those birds need some force in the shot to take them down cleanly, typical game loads tend merely to prick high flying game.<br><br>There's nothing such as an early morning shot of sloe gin or glass of champagne to begin the day before the days sport commences. You will determine your peg from random often from a deck of cards however, some shoots have their own customs for accomplishing this. After you walk to your peg, stand waiting in anticipation for the action to happen. The game will come flying over at great speed and typically at some altitude creating tough shots; in contrast to the easy pop up birds in a flat corn field. The birds arrive at random but the gamekeeper’s beaters will endeavour to make certain they don’t all arrive in one enormous flock that would restrict the drive.<br>This is certainly real sport, taking birds directly head on rather than un-sportingly by shooting them in the Back!<br><br><a href="" target='_blank'>English driven shooting</a> does have it's unwritten rules. It's generally considered that very high flying birds need to be left alone because they will only be injured yet still be able to stay airborne for long enough to escape, eventually flying off or crashing down and running away somewhere well hidden where the ‘pickers up’ as they are called will likely be unable to find them. It is also considered that very low birds are left alone because as easier shots they are considered ‘un sporting’ or too easy.<br><br>Most of the time, for the novice shooter the bird is repeatedly missed with the shot passing behind. This is because with so much height it is difficult in the mind to think "do I actually need so much forward lead on this target?" One alternative factor to consider for all those enjoying driven shooting is when the Gun has previously been shooting clay targets, which constantly slow from the clay trap. These targets have wings , and they are utilizing them with all of their might to power away for speed and altitude. Their survival instincts are workingin overtime and so they're not slowing in the least and could in fact be increasing in speed!<br><br>It is worth considering booking an hour of high clays, released from a tower the day for the amateur driven shooter. This will get you into the right frame of mind to obtain your target. Instruction is likewise highly recommended, for those who may have only taken part in rough shooting as you'll find some strange things and essential rules to remember, for example the large amount of sky which must be 'behind' a target just before shooting otherwise injuries may occur. Whether a beater who's pushing the bird towards you or a fellow Gun will suffer. It is all too simple to carry on blasting away with the red mist of simply being caught up in the moment.<br><br>A high-quality drive will last around Fifteen or Twenty minutes, when it ends friends get together to celebrate or commiserate with a warm drink or bull shot. This is something that you won't experience in other sport. The adrenalin has been pumping inside your veins and the 'come down' is really exhilarating.

Game Shooting Cornwall | Driven Pheasant and Duck Shooting
Driven Pheasant and Driven Duck shooting at Hendra Farm Shoot Cornwall. The Westcountry of England is a mecca for driven pheasant shooting in the UK. British Game Shooting at its best.

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