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August 12th – known in the shooting world as the ‘Glorious Twelfth’ marks the start of the British shooting season which continues through to the winter months. As a long standing country sport, shooting is traditionally associated with countryside dwellers and the landed aristocracy, and whilst this may still be the case to a certain extent, the popularity of the sport has extended towards urban areas.
Whilst the concept of shooting may seem old hat in an age of electronics and mass communication, nothing beats a day out in the British countryside. Shooting is becoming increasingly popular as a weekend activity for city dwellers and self-confessed ‘townies’, providing an escape from city life and a welcome breath of fresh air. Stomping through muddy fields and exploring unkempt woodland are the perfect way to blow away the cobwebs – providing the ultimate refreshment and rejuvenation.
The Royal family famously holds an annual Boxing Day pheasant shoot at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, while clay pigeon shooting has become a popular choice for stag weekends, team-building days and corporate events. Whichever type of shoot you attend, it is important to choose the appropriate attire. Sturdy footwear is an absolute necessity so we recommend a robust pair boots from Le Chameau (which the Duchess of Cambridge favours as part of her shooting attire) or Hunter which will provide comfort and support on uneven terrain. Next, you will need suitable outerwear in muted, earthy tones to allow warmth and protection from the elements. We love the shooting ranges from Barbour and Musto which use breathable, technical fabrics that are wind-proof and quick drying. If you really want to look the part then consider a traditional style flat cap, cartridge bag or tweed waistcoat to finish off your country look to perfection.
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