Driven Shooting

Driven Pheasant Shooting Terminology

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For those unacquainted some of the strange terminology of driven pheasant shooting this guide has been written to help you sort out some of the confusion. It isn’t comprehensive and we’re sure there are other terms used in other parts of the world; it should however give a driven shooting newcomer an idea of some of the terminology used so that you feel comfortable when you begin.

A Brace:  collective noun for a pair of game, in our case Pheasants
  • Bag:  The total number of game birds killed that day
  • Beaters:  people who flush out the game usually by ‘beating’ the ground
  • Breeks:  Traditional tweed or moleskin pants made with either 2 or 4 inches of additional material which hang over your socks allowing rain to drip off without filling your boots
  • A Brace:  collective noun for a pair of game, in our case Pheasants
  • Bullshot:  Hot soup cooled with sherry
  • Covert:  A small wood in which game birds live (pronounced with a silent ‘t’)
  • Covey:  A small group game birds which habitually live together. Both grouse and partridge exhibit this behavior a fly off together in this group.
  • A Drive:  A ‘drive’ is a group of beaters working in unison together to move the birds towards the flushing point.
  • A Gun:  The person shooting
  • Loader:  person who loads shotguns quickly generally in pairs one gun is loaded whilst the other is fired. They also carry and take care of the guns for the ‘Guns’!
  • Peg:  Where the gun stands during each drive. It is usually a wooden post which is marked with a number in grouse shooting it is referred to as a ‘butt’ usually a stone built hide for duck shoots it is simply called a ‘hide
  • Pickers-up:  Dog handlers tasked with picking up the shot birds and dispatching those which have not been killed cleanly
what to expect when you attend your first driven pheasant shooting event
  • Shooting through:  Having a very quick sandwich and getting back to the shooting whilst ignoring lunch
  • Shooting Party: A very high end event hosted at a Shooting Estate Shooting Party Etiquette
  • Poaching:  Shooting a bird which flies over your neighbours peg (considered rude and frown upon)
You will find it a social and community spirited sport

Hopefully this guide will give you a good idea of what to expect when you attend your first driven pheasant shooting event. You will find it a social and community spirited sport these terms ought to help feel right at home on your first few days shooting. You will find it a very enjoyable a social sport.