The busy season in the Sporting Agency has started to really pick up pace in recent weeks, with both Gordon and Ben paying visits to multiple grouse moors in the North of England, as well as having a number of partridge days to run in Hampshire and Wiltshire. Those grouse days which managed to avoid cancellation have been excellent; Ben had a particularly memorable day on a moor in the North Pennines recently, with some royals from one of the Arab states. The wind was howling a gale and the grouse were like super-charged spitfires, producing some truly tremendous sport for the team.
Prospects for partridge and pheasant seasons are looking good; after a reasonably warm, dry period in the last couple of months, the birds have reared extremely well. The lack of moisture and cold air has left the birds in a good, healthy condition and we are hearing few reports of any disease. Reports coming in from the keepers is that they have also held very well too, despite an abundance of wild food and Crane flies. Therefore the blueprints are there for a very good season, however the weather can always turn for the worse. Rain or shine we will have fun and every season comes with a different challenge. We still have some whole days and single pegs remaining on a small number of dates both in the UK and Spain, so do get in touch if you still have a gap in your shoot calendar.
We would encourage everyone intending to shoot game this season to pop down to the Shooting School for a sharpen up or lesson before attempting to shoot any live quarry. We see it time and time again where people blow the cobwebs off the gun and proceed to have a nightmare of a day – a quick lesson can make a huge difference. Call Reception and book a lesson on 01491 672 900.