Driven Shooting in its English sense, is usually Pheasant, Partridge or Grouse, over a team of shooters or “Guns” standing at “pegs” or in butts, by an organised team of beaters with dogs moving through an areas of woodland, covert or moor, flushing the birds forward, towards and over waiting guns who are armed with shotguns. The aim being to present the birds, particularly pheasant and partridge at a height and speed that make them sporting to hit.
Rough Shooting is the more common form of live quarry shooting, as well as including duck and geese in the feathered species; it can also include ground game like rabbits and hares.
Armed with shotguns, the rough shooter “walks up” their own quarry and can use trained dogs to be more affective, usually Spaniels or Labradors that work the ground in front of the shooters but within the effective range of a shotgun, putting up game that’s sporting to shoot at. The countryside knowledge and hunting skills required, plus the fresh air, exercise and the training and working of the dogs and of course, the fact that this is by comparison to driven shooting a less expensive sport and makes rough shooting very popular.