How to be a good guest
THE days of the handwritten shooting invitation are, sadly, a thing of the past. Although the shooting world hasn’t quite been reduced to some of the grubbier forms of social media, most of my few invitations arrive by phone or email. When replying, be aware that this is a significant invitation that’s costing your host more than anything else they’ll ever ask you to, thus, a speedy response is of the essence.
Please don’t reply asking ‘who else is in the party’ or ‘how many cartridges will I need?’. In case of doubt over whether it’s double guns, you can always secrete a second gun in your car just in case. If it’s spotted, just utter ‘I never leave home without a spare’. Always be sure to take single gunslips, too —using one half of a double is frowned upon.
It’s also imperative to take a present and I mean a proper present. Ideally, the bag should have Purdey or Hermès on it, even if it’s only an ashtray. Permanent reminders of gratitude are always gratefully accepted.