…Kicks off this month with Red and Black Grouse, and as the summer ends, duck, goose, partridge and pheasant follow. But what to wear and what to take with you? Eden’s been investigating the shooting clothing protocol.
A tweed flat cap is traditional, but anything from baseball caps to beanies in appropriate colours are acceptable on most shoots.
Whether you wear disposable earplugs or high end digital headphones, ear protection is a must.
It’s a very good idea to use protective eyewear, safety glasses are highly recommended.
A green or brown check shirt is traditional although a brighter colour may be accepted. For grouse, one ought to wear darker colours to avoid being spotted by your quarry to early.
Optional on some shooting occasions, it’s a must on formal shoots.
Formal then tweed breeks (similar to plus fours) ought to be worn, less formal, moleskin trousers.
When it’s still warm, one ought to wear a tweed shooting vest above a shirt. Formally, many wear a three piece tweed suit with matching breeks or trousers, waistcoat and jacket. On less formal occasions, wear a gilet or fleece.
BELT OR BRACES
Either will do.
JACKET OR COAT
A waterproof and warm coat will be needed in cold or wet weather, otherwise, a jacket. You’ll want deep pockets for cartridges, and the fit should allow sufficient movement to swing your gun.
Unless otherwise specified, if attending a game day then usually one brings along your own gun.
For snacks, cartridges and waterproofs.
For uneven ground or heather, wear boots with good ankle support, or wellies when it’s wet.
SOCKS/STOCKINGS WITH GARTERS
In cold weather it’s worth wearing two pairs of long socks. Tie them up with garters.