The First Gamekeeper is out hunting deer with his fellow when they come across King Henry.
He is much more experienced than the Second Gamekeeper, is a storyteller, and recognizes the King first. He forces Henry to see that the people no longer consider him the King, essentially pointing out that the common people are not much touched by the quarrels of the nobility, and carry on their lives without caring who exactly is King, merely obeying the office. He answers the question of whether they have broken an oath when the Second Gamekeeper doesn’t. He carries a crossbow.