Summer has its very good bits – BBQs, basking in sunshine, waving goodbye to mud for a few months, al fresco drinks at the pub, pretty summer dresses… I could go on and on! For some people the year revolves around summer, and they find themselves a little gloomy in the autumn and early winter when the next bout of warmth and light seems so far away.
But for keen game shooters the summer includes a very important countdown – ticking off the days until the return of game shooting on the Glorious Twelfth (that’s the 12th of August, for those who aren’t up to speed with all things shooting). Only this year, just to confuse everyone, shooting will actually resume on the 13th of August since English law states that the season cannot begin on a Sunday – the Glorious Thirteenth, perhaps!
Either way, for some folks this is by far and away the most exciting day of the year as grouse shooting can be some of the most fun and fast-paced game shooting you can get. If you are a keen gun and are lucky enough to be heading off to a grouse moor in a few weeks’ time you may be hoping the weather has started to cool off a little bit, as it’s presently rather warm for head to toe tweed! For lady guns, all I can say is look no further than Olivia Tullett and her eponymous British shooting and lifestyle clothing brand for a stylish and cooler option.
Olivia Tullett was founded on the mantra that women’s’ shooting attire should look good, flatter the figure and be totally practical for the wearer, and her collection certainly doesn’t disappoint. The Bella Shooting Gilet is just perfect for early and late season shooting, as you can wear just a thin base layer or shirt underneath while still looking smart in the field. The pockets have been oh-so cleverly designed so that when they are full of cartridges, they expand away from the body rather than making the gilet tight (and therefore hotter!). The Bella Gilet is a blend of tweed and leather so provides a neat contemporary update to traditional shooting apparel – you really can’t go wrong.
If you have to wait until the 1st of October and the start of the pheasant season before getting out in the field, then you might be interested to hear about the award-winning Olivia Shooting Jacket. This design won the New Ladies Clothing category at the Shooting Industry Awards in 2017, with praise for the design innovation, and for good reason – the removable sleeves make this perfect for warmer autumn days, and when the weather finally turns wintery you’ll be snug and warm with the arms zipped back in place!
Both of these shooting designs have a myriad of brilliant tweaks and benefits to ensure the wearer is comfortable and feels like a million dollars when they step up to the peg in them. You can choose from off-the-peg colour combinations or go totally bespoke – the choice is yours. Explore the Bella Shooting Gilet and the Olivia Shooting Jacket here, and once you’ve made a choice all that remains is to book a few warm-up sessions on the clays, to ensure your shooting is as on point as your outfit…