This form of shooting is much more formal than simply walking with your dog alongside the hedgerows, and is usually confined to pheasant, partridge and grouse shooting.
This is the most common method of live quarry shooting. Shooters use their trained dogs (usually spaniels or labradors) to flush game out of the hedgerows, woods or other cover as they walk along.
Most grouse shooting takes place in a formal setting with birds being driven over the shooters.
Game shooting has become increasingly popular in recent decades. It is an accessible sport, enjoyed by many thousands of people from all walks of life. It provides huge benefits to the environment and a significant contribution to local economies.
No longer the preserve of the landed classes, game shooting is accessible, and it can provide a valuable bridge between town and country offering, on the one hand, recreation in the countryside and, on the other, economic benefits to help sustain a healthy rural community.
Game Shooting is a major resource in promoting bio-diversity and assisting the UK to achieve the targets set in national and local biodiversity action plans and BASC’s Green Shoots programme has been endorsed by Defra in Working With the Grain of Nature which sets out England’s bio-diversity strategy.