Hunting tips: how to shoot in driven partridge hunting
Driven hunting gives the hunter a huge variety of angle shots, so every single shot is different. In this kind of small game hunting, hunters place themselves at the end of a large area while beaters stand at the opposite end.
These beaters run towards the partridges playing a horn for them to fly off towards the hunters, who are hidden at their marks ready to shoot. They must be accompanied by their assistants, who are responsible for reloading the shotguns.
Driven hunt ends when beaters reach the hunters marks.
Tips for driven partridge hunting
Depending on the angle at which the partridges lift the flight, hunters can shoot in so many different ways:
The front shot is the most common, although the shooting technique can be different depending on the partidge’s flight. If the partridge approaches at approximately the same height as the hunter, tightening our faces and shooting shall be sufficient, but if the partridge flies about 25 meters high it will be necessary to cover it with the gun’s muzzle to make the shot.
Partridge shooting in a 45º angle
When the partridge reaches the hunter’s mark in a 25º-45º angle, one of the most common paths when we talk about partridge hunting, we are allowed to control the low-flying and makes our ‘swing’ very comfortable.
Partridge shooting vertically
Vertical shooting is used when the partridge is coming towards us. It is vital not to lose our center of gravity falling backwards while we shoot, so we must move our hips forward during the shot’s ‘swing’.
The crossed ahead partridge shooting
When the partridge flies crossed ahead the hunter’s mark, the shot is significantly more complicated. We recommend to tighten the butt of the shotgun, checking during the ‘swing’ that we have the gun scope at the low-flying and make sure we apply a generous advancement.
The passed partridge shooting
When we need to shoot a passed partridge is important to have a good footwork, avoiding to nail our feet at the ground so we don’t get a twisted shot. If the partridge flies high, the gun scope must be slightly below the hunter before he pulls the trigger, with his face tighten over the gun’s scope.