This all takes a lot of time .... and energy (particularly when pegs are on hills and slopes!) ... but it is then important to get back to the game cart ASAP to start tying the birds that the pickers-up bring in.
Sometimes the pickers-up pile them in various spots and the game cart driver has to drive as close to them as possible (without getting onto any crops) and pick up the dead birds, which the pickers-up do not usually tie in braces.
When new to a shoot the birds are usually put in the back of the game cart as quickly as possible and an eye is kept on the pickers-up's and guns' vehicles to see which direction they take. There may be a map ..... and a list of drives too ..... but some days things 'change' and in addition the same location is often known by a different drive name due to how it is driven .... so watching where the other vehicles go (particularly the guns) and staying in touch with them is important.
Once at the next drive the birds from the previous drive are tied in braces and hung on the rails. If it is a reasonably warm day it is best to make sure that the birds are spaced out so that they can cool as much as possible. In any event, it may be necessary to return to the game larder (a large refrigerated unit) to offload the birds and keep them in good condition, prior to being collected by the game-dealer and/or handed out to guns and beaters. (Beaters are often given a brace or two if they want them).
Despite rumours that the dead birds are simply dumped in a large pit in the ground I have never witnessed such action ... but I have been present on numerous occasions when the game-dealer turns up in a large refrigerated van. Why waste good quality, free-range, low-fat tasty meat!
Tying the birds is different on various shoots. Some now use a plastic tie-tag which is placed around the necks of a cock and hen (though some shoots tie cock birds together and hen birds together) and tightened. Other shoots just use cord or twine and tie the birds by the neck with a reef knot. In past days, and on many current shoots, more cord is used to form a loop .... and then a loop is made at each end which goes over the head of each bird.
I prefer the last method ..... especially on rough ground! The first two methods can easily result in braces of shot game bouncing off the rails when hitting a bump. But the 'looping' method rarely results in that happening as the birds hang lower.
In this age of cutbacks, more and more shoots are reducing costs, even by cutting back on twine .... so they resort to tying two birds by the neck, instead of looping .... as it saves about 50% of the twine costs.
'Looping' the birds is often quite difficult for newbies to grasp. That's probably because us oldies do it too quickly for them to see how it is done! Basically, make a large loop by tying the two ends together in a reef knot - one of the simplest knots to tie. Then simply put your hand partly through the large loop and grasp the two strings .... then pull them back through the main loop. Now you have a loop of doubled cord through which to place the head of the bird. Do likewise with the other end of the loop.
For me, running the game cart, it is a pain as when braces fall of the rails it is not always easy / convenient to work out which rail they have come from ..... and we try to keep to a rail (or two) per drive to make sure the tally is correct. Oh yes, at the end of each drive the game is counted - carefully noting the numbers split between what was shot - partridges, pheasants, magpies, pigeons etc.
This is important information for the keeper ..... and the beaters may also wish to know as quite often there is a sweepstake in the beaters cabin for the number of head at lunchtime! Some shoots operate a sweepstake (usually £1.00 a go) and the closest to the score wins it. Others insist that the head count must be spot on .... otherwise the kitty is rolled-over to the next shoot day.