|English Shooting Glossary|
Driven Shooting - The practice of driving birds toward a line of “guns.” Generally there are four to five drives on a given shoot, the primary gamebirds being partridge, pheasant, and grouse.
Walked-Up Shooting - Generally a line of guns moving forward about 100 yards apart behind flushing spaniels. Very popular in Ireland.
Guns - Those members of the shoot who are actively engaged in shooting as opposed to the beaters, pickers-up, and gamekeeper.
The Shooting Line - At each drive the guns pick a number, which places them in a certain position called a “peg” on what is called the shooting line.
Beaters - Generally field sports enthusiasts, often with a spanile or two, whose job it is to walk toward the shooting line driving the birds into the air and toward the guns.
Pickers-Up - Retriever handlers whose job it is to stand behind the guns, identify the shot birds and send their retrievers after the downed birds.
Gamekeeper - The honored profession of overseeing the estate’s game populations and ensuring that there is always sufficient game for the day’s shoot.
The Bag - The number of birds downed at the end of the day.
Ground Game - Rabbits, hares and foxes that are pushed during a drive. Generally not allowed to be shot for safety reasons.
Woodland Rides - Small clearing in the woods where the shooting is often more difficult.
Right and Left - The art of shooting two birds with consecutive shots without dismounting the gun.