I think that round markers dont give the orientation that is necessary if you are busy and especially if you are in Scotland and you cant see your neighbour.
This marker shows the butt on either side of yours with 2/3 rds of the marker space behind the butt and 1/3 rd in front. You may be a grouse god and shoot your birds 45 yards in front, but they will mainly be picked up within 25 yards of the butt. Ask any keeper who picks up the next day where he finds most of the birds – close in to the butts – is the answer.
At the bottom of the plate I have added the homily “one in front is worth two behind” which is something to consider next time you are caught out and have to turn round for the first shot.
The plate size is 7″ x 5″ with a turned ash Peg and a washable felt marker pen contained in a Morocco pouch, a practical item especially if you enjoy picking up your own birds. The red ink is water soluble and a bit of spittle on the finger will wipe the slate clean, when it rains turn the plate over. I mark dead birds with a cross and the inevitable half hit ones with a circle, of course this is not an exact science.
Available with a red chinagraph pencil instead of the usual washable felt pen, more messy but probably better in the rain.
Plate made in Edinburgh, case and blocking – in our workshop.