Pheasant shooting from the Clovelly Shoot, Devon

Pheasant shooting from the Clovelly Shoot, Devon

I hate to use this word but it was a ‘unique’ start to the shoot day, in that I left the modern confines of my room at the Red Lion Hotel in full shooting attire only to be pinned back by the shock of watching the groaning green and white…

Rough Shooting in Worcestershire

Rough Shooting in Worcestershire

I am a chap of simple pleasures: give me a gun, a spaniel, and some scrubby ground on which to hunt and I promise I will walk around all day with the biggest smile on my face. Add to the mix a bunch of like-minded friends and their canine shooting…

Mayfair: The ultimate shopping destination for game shots

Mayfair: The ultimate shopping destination for game shots

Mayfair is home to the biggest names in British game shooting, a place where best London gunmaking talent meets the finest materials and creative talent from around the British Isles. There is something for every taste (and most budgets) in the various districts nearby too, so when only the best…

Pheasant and partridge shooting from Molland, 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…

Redleg partridges from Grupo Altube

Redleg partridges from Grupo Altube

By John Walker For Suffolk keeper Tim Coll, August Bank Holiday 2013 marked a new experience. Already the custodian of 11,000 French redleg partridge and 5,000 pheasant poults which had been feasting on his undulating acres in the Vale of Kersey, into his life rolled two small lorries to discharge…

David Whitby on disease in game birds

David Whitby on disease in game birds

By now, those of us who are keepers of game have our birds and await (or have already experienced) the inevitable onset of disease; a good year on the rearing field is so often followed by problems in the release pens and vice versa. I suppose the less hardy are…

Game shooting services

Game shooting services

Felin Newydd House Probably the most sought-after of all game shooting services, there’s nothing like time away with friends, especially when they’re shooting friends, at a private residence. No sportsman worth their salt can deny they wouldn’t mind playing lord of the manor, and the extensive facilities at Felin Newydd…

How to make a complaint about a shoot

How to make a complaint about a shoot

Our sport is possibly one of the most evocative of any pastime, and good memories from the season linger throughout the summer, sometimes enduring for years when a chance reminder brings the moment back to life again. On the whole, we are very positive about our sport, and the casual,…

Getting the pheasant pen ready

Neil Baldock is a gamekeeper working on a low-ground shoot in Wiltshire. The farm comprises of 600 acres of mixed arable and small woodlands that were planted specifically for shooting. There is a large duck pond and the topography can only be described as rolling. The shoot has been running for…

When game shooting, which birds will be best for eating?

Liam Bell If your birds are retrieved by a soft-mouthed dog, cooled as soon as possible after being shot, and handled with care, there will be few which will not be suitable for the kitchen. The only exceptions are those that hit trees or came into contact with something hard…