Driven woodcock shooting is challenging before you raise the gun: migratory birds at the mercy of the season and weather, woodcock are unpredictable and elusive creatures. Marry the lifestyle choices of the bird with it’s jinking, haphazard flight pattern and petite scale and the challenge is on.
Outside Days offers driven woodcock shooting in the Outer Hebrides
1st October – 31st January
KIT & CLOTHING
Traditional clothing is tweed suit including breeches, dress code is more relaxed these days but this is still a formal event. Driven woodcock shooting is undertaken in wild locations and in cold conditions, suitable weather resistant clothing should be worn.
Footwear dependant on time of year and location, but should be good strong boots or wellingtons.
Double barrelled shotgun, normally 12- 20 bore
Semi-autos and pump actions are not allowed
As for most shooting, the choice of cartridges for woodcock shooting is fiercely debated. The majority, however, believe a shot size in the range of 6- 7.5 works best.
A full team for a day’s shooting is normally 8-10 guns.
VISAS & LICENCES
Travelling to the UK from within the EU needs no visa
Travel from outside the EU may require a visa at the port of entry
You will need a licence to bring a gun into the UK and Outside Days can arrange this for you or can provide gun rental on your arrival.
We require all our guests to have third party insurance, this can be obtained by membership to any of the British sporting organisations, for third party and shoot cancellation insurance we recommend the policy offered Hiscocks.
It is standard practice to tip the gamekeeper at the end of a day’s shooting. Without an expected bag, and in a sport where due to their migratory nature bird numbers are out of the keeper’s control, this can be difficult. We believe the tip should reflect how well you believe you have been looked after and how hard the shoot team have worked for you. As a recommendation for driven woodcock days, we would suggest the tip should start at £40 per gun.