Rough Shooting, or “walked up” days are a popular form of shooting sport in Scotland. Our packages are suitable for teams of four to eight guns and will involve the guns shooting in a line, advancing behind working dogs. An expected bag for a walked-up day would be approximately 10-12 head of mixed game per gun (including pheasant, partridge, woodcock, snipe, pigeon, duck, rabbit or hare) but packages can be altered to suit individual requirements (including, for instance, targeting specific quarry). Hunting Scotland can arrange days at numerous estates all over Scotland. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Rough shooting is considered by some to be the true essence of game hunting and can come in many forms.
A mixed bag - This is where a group of friends walk in a line with dogs working just in front of them. Hunting out the game for a chance of a shot. The bag can consist of pheasant, partridge, duck, woodcock, pigeons, rabbits and hares. All dependent on the area you are in. You may walk for a while, ever ready, and see nothing. Just as you relax the dogs flush something and you then have only seconds to bring your gun up and make sure of your shot. Sometimes you are on target and other times not, oftentimes leaving your friends asking “how did you miss that?” A mixed bag and the good company of your friends gives you lots to talk about while having a nice evening meal in your shooting lodge.
Rough Shooting Rabbits - Rabbit hunting can take two forms. Firstly, walking some rough open ground that rabbits live on. This will be with your friends in line and dogs hunting just in front of you. When a rabbit is flushed out of the undergrowth they will bolt for the nearest hole for safety. They run fast because they know their lives depend on speed. You also have to be quick to be able to shoot them. This style of hunting sharpens up your skill as a marksman.
Ferreting - Another way of hunting Rabbits is to go with your guide to the rabbit’s home, the Warren. He will place you into a suitable position and then put his ferret down the hole to flush out the rabbits. Sometimes the rabbit will come out straight away, other times he will run around underground trying to get away from the ferret, either way when he surfaces he will be running hard. You again must be very quick to shoot before he reaches cover. Using ferrets is normally best in the winter hunting season