Half day shoots: An Afternoon Gangbang!
Cost from £2,400+ VAT for up to 20 guests
The half day appeals to those with limited time or budget. We will shoot three full drives being a partridge/pheasant, grouse and the woodcock drive. If not arrive at 2.00 sharp for the safety briefing and then we will be off to warm up the barrels.
The cost of the afternoon shoot starts from £2,400 plus VAT equating to around £130 plus VAT per head depending on the number of guns. The afternoon is set up for 16-20 guns. This does not include cartridges.
Instructors: (Optional at £75 per half-day)
Beginners will need an instructor and novices will almost certainly get more from the day with enthusiastic guidance from one of our team. Each of our instructors can supervise two guests and beginners MUST be supervised either by an instructor or an experienced member of your team.
Gun Hire: (Optional at £50 per half-day)
If you want to save your barrels or have guests without guns, we have a selection of 12 and 20 bore estate guns available for guests. Prior notice is required.
Lunch and Tea Options
We recognise that on most occasions our half day guests have come simply to shoot but if you are looking to meet beforehand and grip the social part of shooting then you may wish to consider the following lunch suggestions:
o Full blown sumptuous lunch: This is the same as our corporate lunches and the cost is £700 which roughly equates to £35 per head but includes wine, beer and all soft drinks and finishing with tea. The venue is our dedicated shoot room but rather than trying to describe this gourmet festival a compelling case for its inclusion can be seen on the home page video.
o Pub Lunch: Alternatively we can highly recommend the village pub lunch, being the Bell of Ramsbury. The cost is likely to be between £20-30 per head. Details can be found HERE. Telephone for bookings is 01672 520230
o Picnic: You are equally welcome to bring your own picnic and use our shoot room or one of our barns as a picnic site. The latter has the advantage of a 15 mile view.
The Drives and Format:
Meet and Greet at the Shoot room: We ask guests to arrive at 2.00pm at the shoot room, which is a dedicated ‘hunting lodge’. After setting the scene and a safety briefing we will set off to the shoot. We are equally happy to run these as evening events – starting at 4.30 during the summer months.
The Grouse – ‘Ptarmigan’: Grouse is often seen as the ultimate game bird and shooting them is a completely different discipline. Grouse are lightning quick and literally hug the contours of the land. The really good shots here take them way out in front, and simultaneously can thoroughly frustrate their neighbours by shooting their birds just as they are taking aim. Thus we have built our own grouse butts in our own to compact grouse moor. Many leave thinking this is the most exciting and memorable of all our drives.
High Pheasant – ‘The Himalayas’: Our second high pheasant drive is situated at the foot of a hill and produces some moral destroying pheasants in the game season. This is what we are trying to simulate here. Think of the great Devon shoots such as Castle Hill and then add a bit!
The Woodcock: We normally run the Woodcock drive as a mini-competition; the guns are in hides within a mature Oak wood. You will be shooting at coloured clays, being woodcock but also at Rabbits, Rats and are newest pest- the Flying Squirrel.
‘‘Tim – Your woodcock drive was special – what a wakeup call following our excellent lunch – It was clearly an honour to be elected to ‘team captain’ and I felt I nailed my speech. Indeed I was convinced it was inspiring, even Churchillian! We set about the Woodcock and those flaming rats with passion and initially great discipline. I knew that we were being stretched when my boys started acting like Bodie and Doyle with cries of ‘I am out – Cover Me!!’ This duly gave way to laughter and shouting of ‘Don’t Panic! Don’t Panic- Mr Mannering!’, finally we descended into totally chaotic anarchy. This is the best clay drive I have ever seen – it is genius! (Letter to Tim E-C from Rupert Wiggin – Strutt & Parker)