The game shooting dates have been in the diary since earlier in the year, your shotgun is clean and oiled, your shooting gear is hanging in the wardrobe ready to wear but are you feeling confident about your shooting abilities?
It’s normal to feel excited when the game day approaches, but, be honest, is it truly excitement you are sensing about having a day out on an estate with your friends or is it a gnawing niggle about your standard of shooting or a worry about your lack of confidence? Perhaps you finished last season on a less than positive note, happy to put your gun away and forget about the missed shots?
If your shooting did not give you a good feeling last year it is not miraculously going to improve this season if you’ve done nothing about it.
On a game day there’s often banter and leg pulling amongst your fellow guns. The keeper, beaters and picker-ups will be watching, a photographer may be taking pictures, and partners and spouses may be observing. We’ve all seen the shooting guest dancing about on the peg, making excuses, not knowing what to do or how to select the best bird to shoot then missing. What if you are on the ‘hot’ peg? Are you equipped with the necessary shooting skills to knock ‘em down? You’re on a stage, and in full view, so if you consistently fluff your shots you’d better brace yourself for a day of embarrassment.
If you are going onto the field feeling unsure about your ability to shoot well there is a high probability your day will not the best. If you think you are going to miss, then you probably will. We all know someone who’ll turn up on a game day and be the butt of all the jokes because of their poor shooting, don’t be that person! You can build your confidence and go into the shoot day knowing how to shoot well and deal with challenging birds
Get on target with the National Shooting Centre! National Shooting Centre – Scotland, Wester Jawcraig, Falkirk FK1 3AL
The National Shooting Centre (NSC92) welcomes beginner, novice and experienced shots, their on-site Professional Shooting Coach is Stewart Cumming, a seasoned game shot and a top class clay shooter. If you want to make the most of your game day then Stewart will iron out any niggles, check your gun-fit, pass on invaluable tips and advice and build your confidence to shoot well.
NSC92 have an extensive range of shooting stands and simulated game drives to give you the full game shooting experience with clay targets over their extensive moorland location.
Become a NSC92 member and enjoy many exclusive benefits and generous deals.
Open Tuesday – Sunday, from 10am – 5pm, on Thursday’s you may shoot up to 8pm.
Game shooting is a big day out, and also expensive, so invest in your shooting by visiting the NSC92 and book a lesson with Stewart. It will be money well spent, buying you the ability to shoot well. Remember, shooting with confidence treats the game birds respect.