Where to hunt Red Legged Partridge
Red-legged partridge is a medium-sized game bird that originated in the South-West of Europe: Spain, Portugal, France and parts of Italy. It is closely related to the Chukar, and may even form hybrids with it. It also resembles in appearance, behavior, and fertility, the Grey (a.k.a. Hungarian) Partridge, and both species are called simply “partridge”. Its ability to raise two broods of twenty-odd chicks each a year made it popular with game farmers and shooting estates all over the world. But the best opportunities for red-legged partridge hunting are in Spain.
Red-legged partridge hunts are usually large-scale affairs that involve a lot of work in preparation, from rearing and releasing birds, to arranging the hunt, and bring high returns in harvest. It is not unusual for a hunter to claim up to 50 birds a day (none of the birds are wasted: they are all picked up and sold to restaurants and such). A hunt may continue for two or more days, and involve up to eight hunters, so the per hunter per day price may actually start from $2,500 a hunter a day.
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From the beginning of agriculture, partridge and humans have been living in symbiosis: the birds found an abundant food source in human-grown grain and insects that feed on it, and humans hunted the birds for table and recreation alike. Read about the co-journey of people and another avian species – the pheasant.21 Jun 2018 The Pheasant Journey
When to hunt Red Legged Partridge?
Traditionally, partridge shooting began after the wheat was reaped, in September, and lasted until the advent of winter. These days, shooting estates and game farms offer red-legged partridge shooting all year round (check out the Partridge hunting page, too), but the connoisseurs still believe the best time for this pursuit is October, give or take a few weeks.
Red-legged partridge would rather run under a dog than hold a point. For this reason, the most popular methods of red-legged partridge hunting are walk up in line, with hunters walking through the fields in a horse-shoe formation, and driven hunts, when birds are made to fly over a line of guns by a team of drivers (or “beaters” in British English). A hunter’s skill with a shotgun is paramount, but success depends on a hundred of subtleties. For instance, at a walked-up hunt, walk in small zig-zags rather than in a straight line, pausing for a few seconds here and there: often, the covey will rise just as you do. But perhaps the best-kept secret of red-legged partridge shooting is dealing with misses: learn from each but leave it behind to focus on the next bird.
Why hunt Red Legged Partridge? All hunts (5)
Some hunters are willing to endure long periods of inaction or routine work, such as sitting in a blind or covering distance in search of game, typical for big-game hunting, for the sake of one moment of truth of taking the animal. Others are looking for an experience that is action-filled from the first to the last minute, with one chance, success or disappointment immediately transiting to another. If you’re one of those, consider red-legged partridge hunting. Whether walking up, or waiting “on a peg” in the line for driven birds, a well-organized red-legged partridge hunt will not have a dull moment about it, and if you think it’s easy, well, even the best shots can hit not much more than 40% of birds they shoot at!
Partridge driven hunt Spain
Spain has an abundant hunting legacy which has been preserved for centuries, becoming part of its cultural heritage. One of the most representative and valued hunting varieties practiced in Lomas de Fuensauco is the red partridge hunt. The romance that emerges from the so-called “Spanish experience”, made up of its excellent gastronomy and promising wines, reaches its peak with its partridge hunts, framed in a wonderful natural environment. A visit to Lomas de Fuensauco is guaranteed to be a unique hunting experience that will charm even the most seasoned hunter. Hunters vary from 2 to 10 (maximum) The recommended amount is between 6 and 8 hunters.
Trip duration: 1 day
Hunting season: 1 Oct 2019 10 Mar 2020
Red legged partridge & Duck Hunt Spain
We offer amazing hunting days in Toledo, 45 minutos from Madrid. Therefore, we have chosen some of the best hunting reserves, where low forest is mixed with olive tree groves, wheat, corn and sunflower plantations to get the most suitable landscape for animal breeding and shooting, we do duck, dove, pheasant, quail, thrushes,driven red partridge hunt day. IMPORTANT!!! This complete package is for Min 6 to 10 Hunters. ABOUT THE HUNT: Day 1: Arrival to Madrid. Transfer from airport to hunting lodge. Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner depending on the time of arrival Wine & cheese tasting. Extra experience. Day 2: Homemade breakfast, introduction to the beaters and loaders for the hunting, 1st day 500 Red Partridges, 2 beats in the morning, meal in the open in a privileged location on the property or in our luxury lodge, 2 beats in the afternoon and return to the lodge where you can enjoy of all the extra experience and dinner in our trophy room full with great history and hunting story’s. Day 3: Homemade breakfast and of to Extremadura its 2 hours away from our hunting lodge, 6-10 post around a pond and 500 Ducks are released from high ground, after that lunch in a great open area and back to our hunting lodge to rest or to have an extra experience like a flamenco night or some wild boar night hunting. Day 4: Homemade breakfast, 2nd Driven 500 Red Partridges, 2 beats in the morning, meal in the open in a privileged location on the property or in our luxury lodge, 2 beats in the afternoon and return to the lodge where you can enjoy of all the extra experience and dinner in our trophy room full with great history and hunting story’s. Day 5: Last day and departure after breakfast.
Trip duration: 3 days
Hunting season: 1 Nov 2019 29 Feb 2020
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