Our first Shoot took place at Auchterhouse Country Sports in 2001. Back then, the whole event was pulled together in a matter of weeks. Twenty years on, The Shoot is now a key event in Scotland’s social and shooting calendars with planning and preparation going on all year round. In 2019, we welcomed 400 guests to the Shoot with many travelling from all over the UK, Ireland and some dedicated supporters joining us from Sweden and Australia. 

Trustees pictured - Willie Allan MBE, Fay Bancewicz, Grant Yorke & Gerard Eadie CBE

This event always takes place on the Sunday closest to The Glorious Twelfth – perfect timing for some practice before the new shooting season begins. But it doesn’t just attract shooters – the competition is split into Rookies, 'Half Shots' and Game Shots with prizes and trophies for all levels plus a special prize for Top Lady. Many of our guests are novices at clay pigeon shooting and chaperones are provided to make sure everyone has an enjoyable day.

The Shoot has a winning combination of a challenging shooting competition taking place in the morning with prizes to be won at every stand, whilst the non-shooters are entertained with celebrity demonstrations, beauty treatments and hospitality, all in the comfort of our Tented Village. In the afternoon, everyone moves into the main marquee for a fabulous afternoon hosted by Willie Allan. A three-course lunch, entertainment, prizegiving and auction all takes place, finishing off with the grand finale raffle for a brand new car.

It’s no small feat organising The Shoot each year. We receive invaluable support from our sponsors who provide funds to cover our running costs and donate goods and services in kind. In addition, we have an army of volunteers from CR Smith and the wider network who give up their time to help with the organisation of the event. Many of them do this every year without exception and without question.
The Shoot is that kind of event – it creates a great feeling amongst all involved; that they are doing something worthwhile and yet having a superb day out at the same time. Volunteers, hosts, crew, teams and guests alike; everyone comes together for the occasion with two primary goals – to raise a great deal of money for some worthwhile causes and to have a lot of fun whilst doing so.
Since The Shoot began, a total of £3.7 million has been raised for charity.  In 2012 we set up The Shoot Charitable Trust, a registered Scottish charity which will distribute the money raised at the event to worthwhile causes. 
And after all, helping others is why we do this each year!