As with any sport or pastime, there is an etiquette in the shooting sports. Knowing and adhering to this etiquette will make your and your shooting companions day at the club just that much more enjoyable.
Safety is always number one. Keep your gun unloaded, action open and pointing in a safe direction when you are on the course. Don't make other shooters nervous by failing to control the muzzle of your gun.
While it is fun to heckle and talk smack about your fellow shooters when at a regular shoot day at the club, do not do so at another club and/or at a tournament.
Remain respectful of other shooters and squads by remaining well back from the shooting station until the previous squad has finished shooting and is leaving. Keep chatter subdued so that you are not disturbing other shooters.
Pay attention! Be ready to step up to the stand when it is your turn and know what the presentation is. If four folk on your squad have just shot the station you should not be stepping into the stand and asking " so is it a single "A" first or the report pair?"
Take a turn at scoring and pulling targets for your squad.
Be respectful of the trappers and judges at a competition. Chances are they are volunteers and shooters themselves. Thank them when your squad has completed the station.
Empty shells go in the garbage receptacle located at every shooting station. Folks with a semi-auto or pump, look around, there are probably lots of hulls you can pick up and put in the garbage. However, never go forward of the shooting station to pick up hulls.
Garbage goes in the garbage cans. Leaving your empty shell boxes and water bottles on the gun racks is disrespectful.
Be helpful to new shooters, they are the lifeblood of any sport. Encouragement is good, but unsolicited shooting instruction can be more harmful than beneficial as after a while the new shooter can feel overwhelmed by the firehose of advice coming their way.
At a tournament always browse the sponsors offerings. They put in considerable effort in traveling to shoots and setting up their displays.
Don't handle other shooters guns without their permission. A gorgeous shotgun sitting on the gun rack is not an invitation to you to pick it up and exam it.
Return the remote target release to the cradle designed for that purpose. Do not hang the release over the stand railing. Over time this will damage the remote by straining the wire connectors and by letting in precipitation.