There is no other country on the planet that puts on a driven shoot like the United Kingdom. From grand castles to private country estates they have it all. Bird shooting in the UK offers unique opportunities and we have the ability to match your requirements to the shoot of your dreams. American sportsmen have a fondness for shooting in Britain but for many, driven birds are unfamiliar territory. There are so many decisions to be made: 101 logistics including where and what to shoot, the best time of year to go, obtaining the proper licenses, clothing, equipment, and the all-important choice of gun. In addition, one must learn the etiquette and fine art of driven bird shooting.
Most shoots for Americans are of four to five days’ in duration, consisting of three to four days of driven shooting, and a day of rest, usually spent sightseeing in the local area. Your shoot organizer or host must have sufficient experience to explain to first time shooters the idiosyncrasies of driven shooting including the role of the host or shoot captain, the beaters, pickers-up, loaders, the purpose of tweeds, etc. Charles Williams has been conducting these shoots for 40 + years and is inherently familiar with all those traditions, etiquette and unwritten rules of the sport and truly enjoys imparting that knowledge.
Scotland Pheasant – Raehills (PDF)
UK Pheasant – West Country – Devon/Somerset (PDF)
The pheasant-shooting season is from October 1st through February 1st. Pheasant are the backbone of driven game shooting in Britain and a high curling pheasant is now considered by many to be the ultimate sporting challenge. We all love to shoot a high bird. Topography has a lot to do with the height a pheasant will fly and how the birds are presented. Higher hills and deeper valleys enable the birds to soar over a line of Guns. The terrain of the West Country and the Welsh Marches, along with the dales and moors of the North of England and Scotland provide the perfect setting for that type of shooting.
Topography alone, however, does not guarantee high birds. Judicious planting of cover crops, intelligent siting of release pens and a keeper who thinks like a pheasant are also important details that determine the height and quality of a high pheasant drive. Exceptional presentation of high birds, and continual improvements in breeding and estate management are what draws discerning sportsman from around the world.
UK Partridge – Wiltshire (PDF)
The partridge shooting season is September 1st through February 1st. Late season birds are stronger and fitter, making them very challenging. Once the pheasant season opens on October 1st, many estates are able to offer a mixed bag of pheasant and partridge. Partridge shoots vary tremendously; terrain, topography and cover determine how the birds fly. Because of their smaller, compact size, partridge are much more maneuverable in flight than the pheasant, and they are affected far more by the wind. Their speed, height and flight line can change rapidly making for a much more challenging target.
In Britain we have both the grey and red-leg partridge and their behaviors differ greatly. The red-leg is slightly larger than the grey, both flying about 30 miles per hour dependent on the wind and terrain. Pheasant are slightly faster then partridge so in general a partridge requires less lead.
Most of our partridge shoots are in the golden crescent of countryside to the west of Salisbury where every serious partridge shooter dreams to shoot. Collectively, the estates in this area have carved out a remarkable reputation for showing sporting birds of the best kind. From Rushmore in the west, through Ashcombe, Prescombe, Brixton Deverill, Gurston Down to Fonthill, Mother Nature have produced valleys that promise the best of the best.
The grouse-shooting season is from August 12th through December 10th. Grouse is the most unpredictable shooting in the world. Being a completely wild bird, populations fluctuate greatly. Some years are fantastic and some years see many days cancelled. If you are interested, we do have wonderful contacts at many of the best estates. Contact us for availability on the best estates in North Yorkshire.
Our shooting in the UK is all about having a wonderful experience. Not only must the shooting be first class but so should the accommodation. We personally visit castles, manor houses, shooting lodges and hotels to ensure that our customers enjoy the very best of accommodation and fine dining. We also research local pubs and restaurants, giving our customers the chance to meet and experience the local people and share in their culture.