Rough and ready: tips for a good day

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

l Wear ap­pro­pri­ate cloth­ing for walk­ing, shoot­ing and swing­ing through birds—you don’t want to get too hot or be re­stricted by your clob­ber l In­vest in a good pair of leg­gings to fend off vi­cious bram­bles and stop sugar beet and kale soak­ing you in sec­onds l Es­tab­lish which species you can and can­not shoot l Take a sen­si­ble amount of car­tridges and have some non-toxic shot with you l Keep a close eye on dogs when they’re hunt­ing, as they will in­di­cate game l Al­ways be aware of the lo­ca­tion of fel­low guns, keep­ers or stops l When walk­ing up, move as fast as the slow­est gun and al­ways al­low dogs time to work cover in front of you l If car­ry­ing game, take it out of the bag and al­low it to cool dur­ing any breaks l Paunch rab­bits as soon as pos­si­ble l If shoot­ing over point­ers, never rush to the point and make sure you po­si­tion your­self to take a safe shot l Be pre­pared to take a snap shot, but don’t rush it

Holkham keep­ers in their tra­di­tional bowler hats

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