A day's shooting is based on drives where the beaters (also
known as drivers) flush out the birds for the guns (people
shooting). It is important to remember that shooting is a dangerous
activity, so know the local rules and obey them.
Wrap up warm and try to be waterproof. Wellington boots, a wax or quilted jacket, and a tweed hat or fedora are essential.
Always point a gun downwards, carry it 'broken' and never point it at anyone or anything apart from the sky or the ground. Always make sure there is sky behind a bird when you shoot, and never shoot low birds or anything at close range.
Don't use your mobile phone and don't talk during drives; at the end of a drive, the beaters will announce "All Out!". The 'bag' is the number of birds killed that day; two birds are referred to as a brace.
Tip the gamekeeper generously when you shake his hand at the end of the day and write a prompt letter of thanks to your host.