About Driven Bird Hunt
The modern driven bird hunt traces its heritage to royal ‘shoots’ in Europe of the XVII-XVIII century. The hunters (or ‘guns’ in British lingo) stand in line, while the drivers (‘beaters’) walk towards them, making the birds fly over the shooting line. Driven hunts are usually associated with high densities of game and a lot of shooting - often, the hunters are assisted by ‘loaders’ who help them reload shotguns, and in Europe many shoot pairs of identical shotgun, one being reloaded while the hunter shoots the other. The most common quarry is the pheasant, the grey and red-legged partridge, and the red grouse, but almost every bird can be harvested in a driven hunt. Often, the birds are ‘pen-raised’, that is, artificially reared and released into the hunting grounds before the hunt. However, most many driven hunts are done on wild free-ranging birds, too. In any case, even the expert hunters can’t usually tell whether the pheasants they shoot at a driven hunt are wild or pen-raised. Driven bird hunts are usually associated with Great Britain, but other European countries such as Hungary, Austria, and especially Spain with its legendary partridge shoots, offer fantastic opportunities as well. You can have a decent bird hunt in other places, too, including some exotic birds like francolin, guineafowl, doves and pigeons in Africa. A driven bird hunt is a far greater challenge than some critics would have you believe. Suffice it to say that even the best shots, who can regularly break 23-25 out of 25 at the Sporting Clays range, think they are doing well if they can show one bird for three rounds spent. This refers mostly to the British and Continental ‘shoots’, where the organizers do their best to make sure the birds are as difficult to hit as possible. In any case, shooting in presence of other hunters gives an additional strain to one’s nerves. But, while a lot of ammunition may be wasted, the birds won’t be - as a rule, the game is carefully collected and sold to game markets and restaurants.
Half Day Individual Quail Hunt United States
Morning and afternoon quail hunts are of approximately three-hour duration. Our experienced and attentive guides and dog handlers know every corner and covey of Shadow Oak and will do everything to put you into an abundance of birds providing great upland shooting. Safety is always first at Shadow Oak assuring all our guests can focus on the hunt and have an enjoyable time. We limit the number of shooters on the ground to two for each time dogs point and birds are flushed. Shooters take turns giving equal opportunities to all shooters. Parties of four hunters per jeep are ideal. Best of all, at Shadow Oak we invite you to shoot your limit with no overkill fees to take your mind off the fun! From our specially equipped hunting rig, you can watch as our masterful bird dogs skillfully use their scenting ability to hunt the covers and hone in on birds, then slam on point! You feel your adrenalin as your guide helps position you for the best shot. A cocker spaniel rushes by you and suddenly— and it always provides a new thrill — the whir of rocketing wings out ahead. Deliberately, you select your target while swinging your gun. Does the cocker make a retrieve? What boasts and lies will be told by the fire at the close of the day? Quail hunting in the Southern tradition!
Trip duration: 1 day
Hunting season: 1 Oct 2021 31 Mar 2022
Driven Bird Shooting France
On our private estate in the North of France we organize shooting days driven red partridge, pheasant and reeves pheasant. (woodcock and pigeon are also free to shoot) Our CEO Rob and his team of beaters, dogs and picker-ups will do everything to give you a fantastic day. We organize 5 drives per shooting day and we offer our groups an unlimited bag. Transport in the hunting area is provided, as well as breakfast and lunch with accompanying drinks, which will be served in our cozy lodge. Package price for complete groups of 12 guns 11.300 € / group Included: - 1 shooting day at driven birds with 12 guns posted. - Permit & insurance - 2 nights, single room - Breakfast, lunch & drinks in our lodge during the shooting day - Transfers in the area during the shoot. - Guiding & organization by our CEO + 2 game keepers - Beaters, dogs & picker-ups - Unlimited shooting bag
Trip duration: 2 days
Hunting season: 11 Nov 2021 28 Feb 2022
7 Day Plains Game Package Zimbabwe
7 DAY PLAINS GAME PACKAGE (Daily Rates included. No trophies included.) During this tailormade made hunt you can hunt plains game species of your choice from the price list. Typical days hunting involves driving around the concession looking for spoor or fresh signs of the animals you want to hunt. Once the spoor is found, we set out on foot tracking the animal until found. If a suitable trophy is located, then a walk and stalk hunt will commence. Leopard, lion and hyena are baited. Once a suitable animal is feeding on the bait, then we build a blind.
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2020 31 Dec 2021
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