What to consider when going shooting:
Bad Weather Insurance
Days or part days can be lost to hill fog or low cloud, (there is a difference!), snow (access), high wind (no shelter on the tops) or torrential rain (destroying infrastructure on day of shoot). All these events have been known to occur – some near the beginning of the season.
Most moors require parties to insure the day against this risk given they cannot organise other days very easily.
We would recommend insurance on all grouse days, particularly from October.
Example rates for Bad Weather Insurance (awaiting publication of 2018 rates + 12% IPT) are typically:-
|Grouse||Pheasant & Partridge|
NB: Some moors may have a bad claims record which can affect the rates.
This has to be booked a minimum 21 days before the shoot date.
Health & Safety
Shoots/Moors have Risk Assessments and you must familiarise yourself with the one provided. The Trend is towards guns receiving a set of written advices and it is beholden that you make yourself aware and treat your co-participants – not just guns but beaters, flankers – with care and respect. Grouse fly low, below head height, and careless shooting is to be avoided at all costs.
Example – Health & Safety Risk Assessments can be viewed below:
Driven Grouse Shooting H&S (link to PDF)
Walked Up Grouse Shooting H&S (link to PDF)
Pheasant and Partridge Shooting H&S (link to PDF)
Some shoots major on culinary repast of Henry VIII proportions and regular infusions for the happy hunter. We concentrate on the sport and generally ensure lunch is taken in the manner befitting the quarry and shoot staff.
If you prefer to have a snack midday and eat a substantial meal at the end of the day this can be arranged, but if you want continuous supply of victuals please advise early to avoid disappointment.
We will ensure these are provided and consider they are a key component for any shooting guest.
All of our shoots are used to guns bringing their own dogs, especially on the grouse moor. Dogs must be quiet during the day and not ‘run in’ or be out of control between drives. We try to ensure you can retrieve your own game, but on the moor it is important each butt is swept to avoid birds being left in the heather, as ‘stinkers’ on the next shoot are very unappealing!