Scottish game shooting FAQs

Answers to general questions about Scottish game shooting

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Please see below for answers to a range of questions about Scottish game shooting, Scottish shooting laws and travelling to Scotland with a shotgun. If your query is not answered by these FAQs, you may find our pages dedicated to overseas visitors and game shooting advice of help.

Q. I am an overseas visitor coming to the UK to shoot pheasants. Can I bring my own gun?

A. Yes. Overseas visitors will need a sponsor to apply for a British Visitors Permit. Exclusively Scottish can do this for you.

Q. I am flying up from London and do not want to travel with my gun. What can I do?

A. You could get your shotgun or rifle delivered to us by a Registered Firearms Dealer or we can a hire a gun to you.

Q. I don't have a gun, can I hire one from you?

A. Yes. Exclusively Scottish can assist with shotgun hire.

Q. I would like to come to Scotland with my partner and my children. Is there anything for them to do while I am shooting?

A. Yes lots! We can arrange many activities from Clay Pigeon Shooting and Archery to Horse Riding and Sightseeing.

Q. When does the Shooting Season start and finish?

A. Grouse shooting starts on August 12th and most shooting finishes on February 1st. There are variations depending on quarry species.

Q. Can I use a semi automatic shotgun?

A. Yes and No! Semi autos are generally not used for pheasant, partridge and grouse game shooting but are commonly used for wildfowling.

Q. We want to come game shooting in Scotland early in the season and only have a small budget. What do you suggest?

A. A mixed wildfowl day would be perfect.

Q. I need some appropriate clothing to wear on my shooting trip. Where should I go?

A. Try our online shop for some ideas.

Q. My husband is an experienced fly fisherman but I am a novice. Can I get some lessons?

A. Yes. We have world class fly fishing instructors who can give you all the help you need and supply all the necessary equipment.

Still have questions about game shooting? Don't worry, all you need to do is get in touch and we'll be happy to help in any way we can.

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