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The Gazette
wing shooting trips • scotland • welsh borders • spain

A Mixed Bag

High Pheasant in The Welsh Borders

The shooting scene has changed with the passing of the years and though driven shooting still monopolizes the European sport, these trips are targeted to a full team of eight guns and even modest days can be prohibitively expensive.
The past decade has seen an increasing demand for smaller-scale days for teams of 6 to 8 guns looking for a mixed bag of pheasant and partridge supplemented by the odd pigeon, rabbit or hare, cumulating in an evening duck flight.


Alternatively, the elusive woodcock or snipe can be walked up or even driven.

Scottish Rough Shooting

This Rough Shooting, as it is referred to, is still the cornerstone of the average British shooter.
Working the hedgerows and rough places with a dog or two, anticipating the clattering emergence of a cock…“upping” with indignation as a pheasant is launched from its cover by an eager spaniel… the black bottle-shaped silhouettes of mallard or widgeon at deepest dusk… the scalping and erratic flight of a twisting snipe in its efforts to out-fly the hunter…
These vivid images, etched into memories, will be recalled time and again. Such delights are fiercely and jealously guarded and not so readily available.

bagged birds

I, however, am lucky enough to have, among my sporting acquaintances, a strong friendship with the owner of a wonderful estate in Scotland. Convenient to both Edinburgh and Glasgow, this estate offers some of the best shooting opportunities, both driven and walked up, in the UK. The excellent shooting, combined with the superb accommodations and exceptional food, makes this the perfect lodge from which to sample the very best of mixed bags.

November 2004 & January 2005

I have reserved three weeks shooting at this Scottish Estate in November 2004 and January 2005. They will be for teams of 6 to 8 guns and can be complete teams or single guns. Non-shooting partners are welcome and excursions to Edinburgh and Glasgow can be arranged.
The reserved dates are:
November 8 to 13, November 15 to 20, 2004 and January 3 to 8, 2005.

walking in field

The trips will be of 5 days duration with 4 days shooting:

•Day 1: Arrive
•Day 2: Rough Shooting followed by Evening Duck Flight.
•Day 3: Driven Day-150 birds.
•Day 4: Morning Goose Flight followed by Rough Shooting.
•Day 5: Driven Day-150 birds.

Total cost for accommodations and shooting is $3,300.00 per shooter. The cost for non-shooting partners is $900.00 per person.
This price does not include flights, transport, telephones or liquor.
UK insurance, licenses and transport can be arranged at a nominal charge.
The three weeks will be booked on a First-Come-First -Served basis and a 50 percent non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place or places.


We are delighted to be able to offer some of the finest driven pheasant and partridge shooting in the world for teams of 8 shooters in the beautiful countryside of the Welsh Borders.
The trip will involve shooting four days of 300 birds per day to 8 Guns on four different Estates. These Estates are all specially selected for their prowess in producing spectacular birds and their great hospitality. (See Fall Gazette)

Cost per shooter: $11,840.00
Cost per non-shooter: $1,300.00

Dates for 2004 to be announced.

Red Leg Partridge
Shooting in Spain

We are delighted to have teamed up with Alfonso Fabrés to offer clients some of the finest red leg partridge shooting available in Spain, or indeed anywhere in the world.
Alfonso’s operation is situated in Northern Spain’s vast province of Castilla Y Leon. (See Fall Gazette)
We recommend putting together a line of 6 to 8 Guns or joining a team to make up a line of no more than 9 Guns.
The charge per person, per night, to include all accommodation costs, meals etc., is $350.00. The price for each bird is $40.00 for the first 500 birds, and after that it drops to $35.00 per bird.

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