red legged partridge

Red legged partridge

It’s been said that a day partridge shooting is a day shooting the most English of game birds.  The success you derive from the day will depend on a variety of factors: the location of the partridge shoot, the company you keep and the way the birds are presented.

Our experts have written in great detail about partridge shooting and you can enjoy browsing through the various articles on Shooting UK here.

Some partridge shooting tips

  1. Be alert and ready. Scan your area ahead so that you can take that well-informed shot.
  2. When you see your first partridge, point the gun at its head and fire.
  3. For the second partridge – remember not to over-swing. You always need to see sky.
  4. Return your feet to the centre when you have moved them.
  5. Keep your head down and focus your eyes until you see the bird’s head drop down.
  6. Safety is paramount – always remember the shooting safety rules.

beating on a shoot

Five key reads for the partridge season

Here are a few key reads on shooting red partridges in readiness for the season ahead. 1. Top 10 partridge shoots Testing sport in stunning surroundings – whether you’re off after hedge skimmers in East Anglia, high birds in the downs of Southern England or sky-high skimmers on moorland. Shooting…

red legged partridges

Practise on clays for the partridge season

If you have a day on partridge 
in your diary, you should at least try to go to a good clay ground a few times before or book a lesson or two with an instructor who can help you brush 
up on your skills. This does wonders for your confidence,…

grey partridges

Golden rules for wild grey partridges

The early results of the GWCT 2016 Partridge Count Scheme (PCS) has caused the organisation concern about chick survival success over the colder months. Sporting Gun writer Dr Roger Draycott, head of advisory at the GWCT, said that by taking part in its PCS and adopting certain conservation measures, farmers and keepers can help more birds survive the winter. Wild grey partridge rules for…

red legged partridge

Getting up to speed on partridges

There is something very English about shooting partridges over stubbles in autumn. Once, the majority of driven shooting in England was partridges; not the French red-legged variety but our own beautiful English, or grey, partridge. Modern agriculture in the 1980s sadly had a huge effect on the stronghold of the grey, but there are committed landowners and farmers out there…

partridge shoots

Top 10 partridge shoots

Whether they are presenting classic East Anglian hedge skimmers, high birds in the chalk downs of southern England or sky scraping birds off the moorland fringe, the one thing they all have in common is testing sport in stunning surroundings. Drumlanrig, Dumfries & Galloway  This famous estate holds the mantle…


A September challenge for the picker-up

It’s an indication of my age that the first partridge I shot was a wild grey, walked up in barley stubble on the North Downs. Today, the M20 motorway cuts through the site where I shot my bird, and I’ve no idea whether any wild grey partridges can still be found in the area, close to Brands Hatch…

Fosseway Game

Fosseway Game: Partridge shooting at Sutton shoot, Warks

How can I start to tell you about 39-year-old Joe Smith, the current leaseholder of the Sutton shoot and owner of Fosseway Game on Manor Farm in the North Cotswolds? If I just described him as a father, a husband, a shoot manager or a game farmer, you might think…

Wappenshall partridge shoot

Partridge shooting at Wappenshall in Shropshire

Twenty years ago, I reported for Shooting Times on a then 350-acre Wappenshall partridge shoot in Shropshire, hard by the Wrekin, that 1,335ft hill which rises above and dominates the Shropshire Plain. Created by Jonathan Crow, whose father had farmed the land, the shoot was modest in size and devoted to both redleg and grey partridges. Once part of…

Drumlanrig partridge shoot

Drumlanrig: Partridge shooting in Dumfriesshire

It’s hard to know exactly what the grandees of shooting in the late Victorian and Edwardian era would make of the Whirlpool drive at Drumlanrig, or the Bothy for that matter. At the Whirlwind the guns are warned beforehand by unflappable Drumlanrig shoot host John Duncan and irrepressible headkeeper Rab…

Llandinam Shoot

Llandinam shoot: Pheasant and partridge shooting in Powys

Every time I get in the car to go shooting and the journey involves skirting around Welshpool, I know I am heading for some dramatic scenery and correspondingly good birds. This shoot is named after the village of Llandinam, which sits beside the River Severn as it meanders north-east through…

Pawton Manor partridge shoot

Partridge shooting at Pawton Manor, Cornwall

I was in Cornwall this summer and enjoyed the ferry ride across the Camel estuary from Rock to Padstow. The sun was shining, Padstow was awash with tourists, or ‘emmets’ as they call them in this Celtic corner of England, and the cash tills were ringing. I couldn’t help but…

Molland game shoot Devon

Pheasant and partridge shooting from Molland, Devon

Molland has long been recognised as one of the premier West Country shoots, so how are things looking this season? Molland is an estate that has been under the Bettws Hall branding for 11 years and it has been owned by the same family for 800 years. There are few…

Bowhill shoot, Scottish Borders

Partridge and pheasant shooting at Bowhill, Scottish Borders

Shortly before the first drive started, a sparrowhawk emerged from the highest cluster of oak trees and twinkled her wings in the bright sunlight. Against a cloudless blue sky, the little hunter passed directly over my head at a fantastic height, pausing once to wheel and turn before vanishing behind…