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Our experts have written articles to help you achieve success when you’re out pheasant shooting. From how to get ready for the new season to how to mark those high birds. You’ll also need to know what the best guns are for shooting pheasants, what load to use and what the distance limit is to shoot.

And then when you’ve got your bag, you can finish off by browsing through our pheasant recipes.

 

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20 of the best UK pheasant shoots

TREGOYD, POWYS This stunning shoot just to the south of Hay-on-Wye is run by the ambitious team of Ben Brown and headkeeper Clive Hussell, and recent years have seen significant investment in the infrastructure of the shoot. But what has not changed is the quality of the shooting. The terrain takes care of itself but Ben’s attention…

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Better pheasant shooting tips

The season is well under way and many of you will have no doubt already enjoyed your first outings. I’ve spoken with many gamekeepers and they are all singing from the same hymn sheet: pheasants have done well this year and in many cases have feathered up nicely too. There has been a lot of dogging-in on many…

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How to manage release pens correctly

Time and again as I wander into the depths of a wood in my role as a Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) game adviser, I come across an embarrassment. The combination of tatty fencing, battered feed drums, broken drinkers, bags hanging from branches, and other mess is a dreadful advert for shooting. Add a bit of over-stocking to…

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How to get the water supply in your pheasant pens right

It’s that time of year again. The release pens are looking immaculate, drinkers are sparkling clean and feeders brimming. The rides have been swiped and the electric fences checked and re-checked. This season’s poults will soon be delivered. With seven week-old pheasants nudging £4-a-piece, stock losses need to be minimised and every step has to be taken to ensure…

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Golden rules for rearing gamebirds

With more than 200 gamefarms and business members, and a history going back to 1908, the Game Farmers’ Association (GFA) is in a unique position to share its wisdom with anyone thinking of going into game rearing. It won’t provide detailed “how to do it” advice; there are almost as many ways to rear…

Researchers show how to breed a fitter, stronger pheasant

Researchers from the University of Exeter have discovered some useful tips for improving the ability of pheasants to flourish out in the wild. Firstly, if poults are given access to raised perches in pens they tend to grow bigger and stronger leg bones, are able to fly higher and can…

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Cocking Shoot, West Sussex

Technology is a wonderful thing. I have an app on my iPhone that marries OS maps with GPS, so I can say with absolute certainty that the guns shooting Triangle at Cocking Shoot in West Sussex stand in a ride cut in the woods at a height of 150m above…

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How to look after birds left at the season’s end

Regardless of the number of birds you shot on your last day, it is probable that you saw or flushed three or four times as many. What happens to the birds that survive the shooting season, and how they are looked after when it has finished, is important. It would be morally wrong for us…

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Meet Dragon – the last horse on the beating line?

A horse moving with a line of beaters isn’t a sight you’re going to see much these days. In fact Frank Shellard says he is probably the last person riding on the beating line in the UK. (If you know anybody else, please get in touch.) I asked him what…

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Top 10 pheasant shoots

1. Bowhill, The Borders The name Black Andrew strikes fear into shooting men and women the length and breadth of the nation (and further afield) and so it should. But this notorious high bird drive is just one of many on offer at this stunning Borders shoot, less than an hour’s…

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Pheasant takes a selfie

Flytipping is a scourge of the countryside. To crack down on the illegal dumping of waste in County Durham, the council installed hidden CCTV at known hotspots. But when they checked the cameras they discovered a culprit unlikely to be brought in front of the beak. A curious pheasant had…

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The pheasant: the perfect gamebird?

If you had to design the perfect gamebird, you would most likely come up with something closely resembling the familiar pheasant. Good looks, fast flying, excellent to eat, easy to rear, tough and adaptable, it’s a package that’s hard to beat. We are often guilty of taking the pheasant for granted, so familiar has it become. We…

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Improve your pheasant shooting technique

Now we really are in full swing, with the season well under way, and I’m sure that many of you have already enjoyed your first outings. I’ve spoken to many keepers and they’re all singing from the same hymn sheet; the birds have come through the summer in good numbers…

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Sixty pheasants slaughtered in gruesome attack

The birds were decapitated and their heads impaled on fence posts at the Wasing Estate on October 10 after the attackers used catapults to knock the pheasants from their perches in the middle of the night. The estate belongs to documentary maker Joshua Dugdale, who is Prime Minister David Cameron’s cousin.…

New gamebird figures challenge RSPB claims

New BASC research has challenged RSPB claims that the shooting industry releases 50million birds into the wild each year. Real figure closer to 34.9million The paper, Impacts of gamebird release, says the real figure lies closer to 34.9million birds and describes the significantly higher estimate as being “based on unreliable…

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Popular shotguns for the pheasant season

You need to be thinking in terms of weight, gauge, style and action. Budget is probably a consideration too of course. Here’s our roundup of shotguns for the pheasant season rated by our readers and experts. Click on the name of the gun to read the full review and details…

The world’s smallest shoot?

Back in the 1970s I made a couple of life-changing decisions. I resigned from a secure job in banking to become a full-time writer, sold my house in suburbia and moved with my wife and four children to live in a remote area of the Shropshire-Welsh border hills. Friends told…