What’s your advice to Guns looking to buy days next season?

There is inevitable uncertainty about what next season might look like.

Many shoots that let days rely on deposits from Guns for cashflow to buy birds, feed them, and pay wages. Without deposits from Guns, they may not be able to go ahead. However, it is understandable that Guns are cautious about paying non-refundable deposits.

Guns should speak to shoots – it will help them to know that you still want to go with them next season. Guns may be able to negotiate payment arrangements that reduce exposure to risk.

Cancellation insurance is unlikely to be available during the pandemic to cover losses arising from a shoot not being able to deliver days as planned.

Where possible, BASC is advising Guns to think seriously about committing for next season – not only will it give something to look forward to but it will make a vital contribution to the future of the shoot, its suppliers and staff, and to the wider shooting community.