A group of shooters walking with their dogs through a field
A group of shooters walking with their dogs through a field

Where do I start?

There are various ways to get into game shooting but first things first you need to be a competent shot with a shotgun.

To reach this level the easiest and quickest way is by going down the clay pigeon route. You can hone your skills relatively cheaply so that you can get the most out of a game day when the time arrives.

If you want to see what a game day is all about, there are other ways to enjoy it without actually shooting.

You could go as a beater, or if you have a gundog why not try picking up? As well as enjoying a great day out it’s a great way to join in, meet new people and make contacts for if you want to go game shooting in the future.

Another option is to go down the simulated game route. As the name suggests the format of the day is similar to a game day, the only difference being that you shoot clays instead of live game.

These days have become popular, not only as a route into game shooting but also by those who regularly take part to sharpen up their shooting ahead of a new season.

Most of the bigger shooting grounds hold simulated game days or you could try one of the BASC novice days which take place across the UK