Before you go out on a hunting trip for the first time, it’s advisable to at least go on a practice shoot, just so you know proper health and safety tips to follow when you’re doing it for real. This will give you confidence in handling a gun and let you find out the best rifle for you, along with letting you work on your aim!
If you’re thinking about learning how to shoot, there’s plenty of great shooting schools dotted round the country to help you out. Below we’ve listed some of the best ones we have found, that will take you through everything you need to know.
Bisley Shooting Ground – Surrey & Braidwood
Bisley are one of the most well-known names in shooting, having grounds located in Surrey, as well as Braidwood near Edinburgh. Their Surrey location is located within 3,000 acres of heath and woodland, truly one of the most beautiful spots on our list. With fantastic facilities, a Victorian era clubhouse and frequent family events, Bisley is a welcoming environment for novices looking to learn how to shoot.
Park Lodge Shooting School – East Yorkshire
Set in 44 acres of picturesque Yorkshire countryside, the Park Lodge Shooting School is a great environment for a shooting beginner to learn the basics. Visitors can look forward to professional instructors teaching them tricks of the trade, but it’s advised that you book before attending. Complete with Clay Shooting facilities, an Air Rifle Range, 2 shops and a café, you can easily spend a full day enjoying everything Park Lodge has to offer.
Royal Berkshire Shooting School
Alongside the dedicated tuition they provide, the Royal Berkshire Shooting School also run frequent competitions, charity events and family days to bring avid shooters to their exquisite location. They are well known for their hospitality, and are particularly welcoming to amateurs who would like to learn how to shoot. In addition to their professional shooting facilities, they also have a handy gun storage facility and a member’s club called the Calibre Club.
West London Shooting School
If you’re looking to get tailored tuition from a team of experts in the London area, the West London Shooting School is just the place. Whether you’re interested in learning about game shooting or just clay shooting, an instructor will start off with an hour lesson to find out more about gun safety, etiquette and technique. In addition, they also offer a bespoke gun-fitting service to match you with the most appropriate rifle.
Hosts of the World English Sporting Championship in 2014 and 2016, the beautiful EJ Churchill Shooting Ground is set in 40 acres of woodland in West Wycombe. Within a stunning countryside landscape, visitors will find layouts including three high towers, skeet, multisport, down the line and man-made grouse butts. Amateurs and pros alike are welcome to learn more about clay and game shooting from a dedicated team of instructors on site.