The shooting season is well underway in Britain and it’s an exciting time for family or friends to come together, and organise weekends away. However, hosting a shooting day or weekend can require a lot of planning, organisation, and management.
For the elite, hiring temporary staff to help increases decreases the workload and increases the enjoyment. There are the practicalities of hosting groups of people at your property, but a shooting weekend can take up a lot more management than just your regular events. Here it is definitely worth looking into finding temporary staff who know what they are doing, are highly experienced in and knowledgeable of shooting and hunting, and can make a shooting weekend a true success.
There are quite a few options when it comes to specific staff for the shooting season; here are a few…
Butler with Shotgun license
A Butler with a shotgun license will be a crucial member of staff during the shooting season. This particular butler will be experienced in the shooting season, and knowledgeable about all practicalities and etiquette. He or she can accompany you and your guests during the hunt, even leading if required, and be there for advise or tips.
Your butler can brief you, the household and any guests on Shooting Etiquette. This could be a great addition if there are guests in the group who are new to the experience, fairly novice, or simply because more assistance is needed. Having someone guide and organise the group, schedule and plan hunts, and organise other practicalities like making sure all the right kit is available, will all be part of your butler’s tasks.
When sourcing a butler like this, you need to be extremely critical when looking at background and experience. There simply is no sense in hiring a – perhaps highly experienced – butler, who has never worked a shooting weekend or season before. Also, it is highly helpful if the butler has a shotgun license. Although the butler might not, on the days, accompany the hunting party, there might be a last minute occasion where help is required – and you would already have a knowledgeable and qualified person there. Preparation is, after all, everything.
When looking at experience, if a butler has not specifically worked as a ‘shooting Butler’ during particular shooting seasons, one could consider a butler who has worked in a household where regular hunts were organised. If the butler has worked in a team within a household during several shooting seasons, he or she will potentially have the understanding of what it takes for proper organisation and planning.
What can be better after an active day in the glorious countryside, than having a true feast prepared consisting of the outcome of a successful shooting day? Even if you already have an in house chef, for the occasion where you have fresh game, it might be worth looking into a Chef who has experience in this area.
Having a specialist on board will make these afternoon and evening get-togethers even more special. A chef specialising in bringing flavours together with pheasant, grouse, duck, rabbit…is priceless. When a chef is experienced in this, they could surprise you and your guests with remarkable flavour combinations leaving a long lasting impression and an outstanding end to a successful event.
“Manners Maketh Man”, as the well-known saying goes. However, when it comes to shooting events, an excellent, suitable and practical suit will go a long way. You can surprise guests with tailor make bespoke shooting suits for the occasion, marking an event and giving them a long lasting memory of a successful and important get together.
Finishing touches like a family crest, a date or initials can be embroidered for that personalised special touch. There are several outstanding tailors we can recommend who do the most high end, excellent quality suits that will add an outstanding finishing touch to the shooting events. One of our personal favourites is Stowers London, whose approach to bespoke tailor services exceed all expectations.
At Polo & Tweed, we work with many households finding them the right temporary or permanent staff suitable for shooting, and specifically the shooting season. If you would like to find out more on the candidates we have on offer, please do not hesitate to contact us here. We would be delighted to have a chat, and find you the right staff for the season and beyond.