Organising a game day for your friends is such a lovely thing to do. You get to select your team, choose where you shoot and when. It’s that time of year when lots of us are booking game days and getting ready for the game season. If you’ve done some game shooting previously and if you’re looking to take a day this coming season for you and your friends, then hopefully this video will help.
In this video Victoria covers:
- Finding a suitable shoot which can be done in a number of ways including searching GunsonPegs.
- Establishing a suitable date, the quarry, you’ll be shooting, whether that’s pheasant and partridge or one or the other. You’ll also be told the cost per bird, which is then multiplied by the number of birds and split between the number of guns
- Find out about overages (which are any birds over the agreed number which you’ll need to pay for).
- The shoot will issue you with a contract and let you know how much needs to be paid deposit wise and by when.
- Then it’s on to assembling your team who should be competent, have a licence, insurance and be good fun!
- If any member of your team is a novice, do ensure arrangements are made for them to have an instructor.
- Find out if there’s transport on the shoot, such as a shoot bus or if the Guns are required to take 4×4’s.
- Communicate well with your Guns, keep them updated with arrangements, give them some background on the shoot and be clear about when payment is expected and where it’s to be sent to.
- Do any of your guns need accommodation? Staying over as a team before the shoot is always good fun!
- Do expect to chase your Guns for payment sometimes, in the summer game shooting the following January isn’t always top of their priority list
- As the organiser on the day you’ll likely work with the Shoot Captain to ensure everyone has a great time.
- You’ll need to ensure your Guns tip the Gamekeeper a suitable amount. We have one member who gets the tip from her Guns in advance and passes it all over. Remember £20 per 100 birds is the standard, but a bit extra if you’ve had a good day. We often tip £60+ for a great 200 bird day.
- If you haven’t done a game day yet, do watch our transitioning from clay to game shooting video here >>
- Most of all, enjoy it! You can download our ticklist below the video.