Game Shooting with The Greyhound on the Test

Rooted in history, shooting has evolved with the British countryside, shaping the landscape we enjoy today.

Tradition and etiquette combine in driven shooting in the UK to create a sporting experience unparalleled around the globe.

Birds are flushed over the heads of guns by teams of beaters in a style described by the French as battue. This creates birds that fly towards the gun, rather than moving away as in walked up shooting.

The distance between the flushing point and the guns, combined with fit birds and the advantages of rolling landscapes makes for challenging targets.

Stockbridge is blessed with a diversity of driven shoots around it offering partridge (September to mid-January) and pheasant (October to mid-January).

Driven days range in size from 50 to 500 for single guns or entire teams.

For the fit, walked-up shooting for pheasant offers guns the chance to earn their sport without bag expectation or limit. Walked up or rough shooting was the traditional introduction to shooting for many a rural child. Today, this once readily available sport is on the wane…unless your little black book is like ours…filled with farmers and landowners.

Boundaries, hedgerows and outlying woodland provide the backdrop for exciting snapshooting and unpredictable birds. Mini drives are a feature of most of our walked up days, with guns taking it in turns to stand and have birds pushed over them. While sold as walked up pheasant, duck, woodcock, partridge, pigeon, jay, magpie and even the occasional snipe have featured in the bag.

Basically if it’s a safe shot and a winged legal quarry or vermin species, it’s fair game.