The mainstay of British driven shooting, from mini days to the full monty, we offer driven pheasant in an astonishing array of locations and formats.In Britain, driven pheasant shots owe the sport they enjoy to William the Conqueror and the French: the Norman compatriots of the former are credited with introducing the pheasant (Phasianus sp.) to Britain; the latter created the fashion for the battue style of shooting which has evolved into the driven sport we know today.
Capable of cruising at between 30 and 40 mph, a motivated pheasant can achieve 60mph in short bursts, and a good team of beaters excels at inspiring rapid flight. The presentation of driven pheasant matches their flight skills and desire for warmth, safety and food with local topography and terrain to present high birds over the line.
Across Britain, the landscape has been shaped by the efforts of landowners and gamekeepers to shape terrain into drives, understanding and
Outside Days offers driven pheasant shooting across Britain for full teams or individuals
1st October – 1st February
KIT & CLOTHING
Traditional attire would be a tweed suit including breeches. While driven shooting is undoubtedly more relaxed these days, it remains a formal event and it is expected that you dress as such. England’s reputation for cool and damp weather precedes it, but early partridge shooting can be very warm. Shirt sleeves and waistcoats may be in order, but avoid white or pale coloured shirts as these can discourage the birds from flying over the line.
Footwear dependant on time of year, but good strong boots or wellingtons are advisable.
Double barrelled shotgun, normally 12- 20 bore
Semi-autos and pump actions are not allowed
Cartridges are a personal choice but range from 28gram 6’s for early season and traditionally shown birds to 36 gram 4’s for extreme high birds.
A full team for a day’s shooting is normally 8-10 guns we do however run scratch days for individuals or small groups to join others to make up a full team.
VISAS & LICENCES
Travelling to the UK from within the EU needs no visa
Travel from outside the EU may require a visa at the port of entry
You will need a licence to bring a gun into the UK and Outside Days can arrange visitor’s permits for you or provide rental guns on your arrival.
We require all our guests to have third party insurance, this can be obtained by membership to any of the British sporting organisations, for third party and shoot cancellation insurance we recommend the policy offered by Hiscocks.
It is standard practice to tip the game keeper at the end of a day’s shooting. The rule of thumb would be £20 for up to the first 100 birds then £10-20 per hundred or part thereof after. We believe the tip should also reflect how well you believe you have been looked after.