The GYWCA is over 55 years old. It is structured as a formal Association with an elected chairman and management committee; it has a democratic culture, rules and guidelines. It requires all members to abide with the shooting and wildlife legislation of the UK and holds monthly meeting where members of all ages and genders socialise and discuss Association business. The Association has a thriving clay section, dog section and a number of conservation and educational projects to which members are requested to support.
Membership is open to all holding a current shot gun licence and persons go through an application, interview process and initial access to the shooting grounds is through accompanied visits for provisional members or with references a full permit is granted.
Annual membership entitles the individual to shoot over 2,500 acres of marsh, meadow, river wall and reed bed and in addition the Association is responsible for the shooting management on part of the Breydon estuary where a limited number of permits are available for those that wish to experience the inland foreshore (See section on Breydon)
Each shooting area is environmentally assessed and designated a maximum number of guns. This strict control is visibly managed by an area tag board system on a first come first on basis. Area use and birds shot are monitored, by the association, via mandatory bag returns. This information allows reassessment, research and evaluation of the areas and gives insight in to wildfowl habitat use and changing patterns.
The Association will endeavour to assist and introduce any one to duck and goose shooting, help foster the correct ethics required and the skills needed to maintain the Associations standards and meet present legislation.