The ‘redleg revolution’ of the 70’s has put driven partridge on par with pheasant as an affordable staple of the shooting scene.
Two distinct schools of driven partridge have evolved, traditional hedge-bursting birds and the modern extreme high partridge, both offering excellent sport to the gun. We offer stunning exemplars of both approaches from the South coast to the Highlands.
Traditional driven partridge are shot in the same ‘bayonet’ style as driven grouse – low and in front or behind (as long as the bird is in clear sky and clear of cover). The lack of height achieved does nothing to impair the challenge presented: a forty yard bird is a forty yard bird whether it is taken above your head or coming over the top of a distant hedge.
The Hampshire grouse with all its manoeuvrability and speed (partridge have recorded flight speeds greater than 40mph) is a worthy foe for any gun.
Outside Days offers driven partridge shooting across Britain for full teams or individuals
1st September – 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 personal choice but range from 24 gram No.7’s for traditional and early season shooting upwards, many guns feel more confident using heavier loads and larger shot for partridge later in the season or where high birds are shown.
A full team for a day’s shooting is normally eight to ten 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 gamekeeper 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.