May was a brighter month in many ways, not only because of the beautiful weather. The gradual lifting of restrictions has brought a fresh sense of optimism across the shooting world and a greater sense of clarity as how the shooting season will operate. Looking around the country, the continuous sunshine has led to some very encouraging early reports from the Grouse moors, despite the challenges of heather beetle and wildfires remain a concern and so some rain would not go amiss. In fact, it is not only the moorland that needs the rain, as the seed beds for the cover crops are unseasonably dry. So, whilst we are cautiously optimistic, we have our fingers crossed for some rain (not too much though)!
Looking ahead to the coming season, interest and bookings have been picking up nicely in recent weeks. Whilst there is still a good amount of good shooting available, we are advising our clients to avoid any last minute rush to book their days. Instead, with many estates having implemented sensible Covid-19 cancelation policies, now is the time to book. Not just to ensure you secure the best shooting but also to show the estates your much needed support.
The shooting ground at Royal Berkshire is now up and running in a limited way, which is more good news. If you are an experienced shot and fancy a guided practice session then please do give the office a call on 01491 672900 to make your appointment.
For now, I hope you all stay safe. If Gordon, Leo or I can be of any help do call us or send us an email and we will get straight back to you. (Gordon@rbss.co.uk or Ben@rbss.co.uk)
Very best wishes,
For anyone looking for something a little bit special, then we have a fabulous 2-day package to offer in October. Click below for full details:
"Wiltshire Double Day"
Teffont Magna & Prescombe
Friday 16th October & Saturday 17th October 2020
£3,708.00 + VAT per peg (2 days)
This is a great back to back package with both shoots located close to Salisbury and the option of staying at the award-winning The King John Inn (this is not included in the price). There may be the opportunity to book just one of the days - please contact Ben or Gordon to register your interest.
Other days we have include:
Teffont Magna Estate, Wiltshire. 300 Birds
Friday 13th November 2020
£1,655.00 + VAT per peg
Located five miles west of Wilton, near Salisbury and within easy driving distance of London, this 3,000 acre estate is one of Wiltshire’s most renowned Shoots. It provides thrilling shooting with the days expertly hosted by the estate owner, Edward Waddington.
Steventon Estate, Hampshire. 300 Birds
Friday 4th December 2020
£1,737.00 + VAT per peg
Comprising over 1,200 acres of undulating Hampshire countryside, Steventon has a lovely family feel. Located equidistant between Newbury and Winchester, it lies approximately 1 hour west of London. The addition of some new partridge drives will make for some exciting shooting on this lovely mixed bird shoot.
Endsleigh Estate , Devon 300 Birds per day
Monday 14th & Tuesday 15th December 2020
£4,160.00 including VAT per peg (2 days)
Located on Dartmoor, Endsleigh is one of the most beautiful shoots in the West Country and days here are very hard to come by. The shoot presents high quality driven Pheasant and Partridge across a long, deep river valley. This “back to back” package is accompanied with two nights’ accommodation at the stunning Endsleigh Hotel, overlooking the shoot valley. Home to the Tuckett family, the shoot has been privately run for over 30 years.
Las Golondrinas de Santa Cristina Spain
Date: 26th & 27th February 2021
€8,500 + 21% VAT per peg (2 days)
Price includes 75 birds per gun per day, all inclusive accommodation for 2 nights in the luxury shoot lodge, all transfers, insurance and permits
Las Golondrinas is a vast sporting estate in Extremadura, Spain. Unlike many estates in Spain, Las Golondrinas is blessed with incredible deep rocky gullies and valleys which show great partridges, even in hot temperatures. Swathes of wild evergreen oaks and lush grass span for as far as the eye can see from the 5 star shoot lodge. An extremely memorable venue.