Walked up grouse shooting in Scotland to wild pheasants in California

Last season I had the pleasure of arranging a day of walked up grouse shooting for an American client who had found the Exclusively Scottish website through a random internet search. Sean was over from the US for a conference in Glasgow and prompted by his father, he was keen to experience walked up grouse shooting in Scotland. Finding shooting for a single gun is never easy but I managed to team Sean up with a couple of guns from the South of England who were also looking for their first grouse shooting experience. And this really is the key to what Exclusively Scottish strive to offer – an unforgettable experience in the Scottish Borders – in the company of like-minded sportsmen and friendly, professional gamekeepers and beaters, all out to provide the best possible day.


Walked up grouse shooting in Scotland

Just being out on a grouse moor early season is something special – the heather, the views, the ambience – especially when combined with the knowledge that good land management benefits all wildlife and habitats. This of course applies to all types of ground, lowland or upland, and even if you don’t agree with game shooting, the countryside we see and cherish today is a direct result of this positive management.

Sean experiencing his first walked up grouse shooting
Many clients from the United States are used to walked up shooting, both pheasant and quail, but few are prepared for the challenge of their first grouse and Sean had borrowed a nice little side by side 20 bore non-ejector from me – a perfect gun for this type of day. We started to walk out and straight away a brace of grouse got up in front and Sean got a single shot off but to no avail. Soon after this a covey got up and again a single shot was fired unsuccessfully. In the way only a gamekeeper can admonish a client, there came a shout of “it’s got two bloody triggers don’t you know!”. We walked on a bit further and another small covey got up – “Bang!, Bang!”, two shots fired and Sean had two birds down – a great way to silence the keeper. The weather was glorious and a great day was had by all.

Fast forward nearly 12 months and I was looking after some clients on a mixed species shooting day that was to include a walk on the grouse moor. The team was varied to say the least, coming from Cyprus, Ireland and London (surely a country all in itself!) and all were “grouse virgins” after that special experience. Bad luck would have it that the day was shrouded in thick fog making it too dangerous to walk up a line of guns on the moor. We persevered with some lowland drives bagging teal, mallard, snipe, pheasant and partridge and ending up with a decent mixed bag. The next day my own syndicate were out for a similar day and the weather couldn’t have been worse – no chance of grouse and an early finish!

Catch from our lowland shooting drives  A decent mixed bag of teal, mallard, snipe, pheasant and partridge

Walked up grouse shooting versus wild pheasant hunting

The British are obsessed with the weather and probably rightly so as we never know what we’re going to get. However these two days show that you have to work with the weather and go with what nature throws at you. Put the right clothes on and get on with it! And then I got home to these pictures from Sean!

An American catch of pheasants  Hunting wild pheasants south of Mexicali   Sean and his friends after a days shooting  
A small sustainable bag all destined to be cooked and eaten

Sean and his team had been hunting wild pheasants south of Mexicali, Baja California Norte, Mexico with Miguel Rivera, Hunting Outfitter. In comparison to our walked up grouse shooting day there’s a marked difference in the weather and dress code, but an obvious similarity in camaraderie and a shared experience with friends and family. And like most of our days, a small sustainable bag all destined to be cooked and eaten. So not that different after all.

 

What a game shooting season!

The 2014/2015 game shooting season has definitely been one to remember for Exclusively Scottish and for many reasons. A relatively good winter in Scotland throughout 13/14 and consistently good weather throughout the year meant that all game and wildlife promised to be in great condition – and they were. Grouse keepers didn’t get too carried away with predictions before the 12th but it turned out to be a cracking season. Many estates broke records, and although that’s not what the sport should be about, it’s an indicator of successful management and continued sustainability.

I was lucky enough to be out on a shoot on the Glorious Twelfth – but unfortunately not with gun in hand! I had been asked to look after a good friend of the estate owner who was over from New Zealand. It turned out that following a stroke some years ago, John only had the use of one arm and I helped load for him.

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Exclusively Scottish arranged several walked up and driven grouse days in August and September before moving into some mixed species days in October.

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The mixed species days have proved extremely popular. The combination of fieldcraft, wild game and the opportunity to bag a grouse on a budget is unbeatable sport and a great challenge.

One shoot day saw twin brothers up from Essex. We loaned them a pair of guns and they shot their first ever brace of grouse on the Twin Laws on the Lammermuirs. 2 of everything!

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It was quite an international game shooting season with clients from Ireland, Switzerland, Denmark, Australia and the USA as well as many from all over the UK. As well as walked up days we also organised some great driven shoots with fantastic high birds.

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All in all it was a fantastic game shooting season with all estates providing quality sport and excellent hospitality. A big thanks to all involved. On the back of such a great season bookings are coming in fast for this season so get organised early!

Grouse Shooting with Tasmanian Devils

It’s not often that you get to go grouse shooting with Tasmanian Devils,  but that’s what happened a couple of weeks ago. I had been booked by another shooting agent ( I can’t name him of course – Charlie you know it’s you!), to look after a couple of clients over from Tasmania for there first ever grouse shooting experience. Guns and cartridges were supplied by Castle Gunmakers and I was to be their guide. On the first day we headed off to Bisley at Braidwood to sharpen up on some clays in the grouse butt. Although the guys had lots of shooting experience walking up over pointers in Australia, simulated grouse shooting on low driven targets was a whole new ball game! They soon caught on. After a quick briefing on the etiquette of the day we were ready for the real thing.

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Day 2 was to be 30 brace driven grouse with 8 guns. Charlie was generous to let me invite two guests and good friends Darren and Paul didn’t take much persuading! However when first asked, Paul said – “do you need me to pick up?” He was glad he brought his gun! Charlie and I stood alternate drives with Wayne and David, our Tasmanian Devils, and they soon got into the swing of things, both bagging grouse in the first couple of drives. There were smiles all round at “elevenses” with Paul admitting he had never shot grouse before. The weather was fabulous as was the company and it was a memorable day for all those involved. We achieved 26 brace which was pretty good for such an inexperienced team.

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Our final day was walked up grouse shooting over pointers. Wayne was really looking forward to seeing the dogs work and he was not disappointed. Despite the hot weather, the abundance of grouse this year meant the first dog was soon on point and the guys walked in just in time to get a shot and one bird fell! We criss-crossed the moor for a couple of hours and the guns got to lunch with a couple of brace each. The hot weather meant that the dogs were only worked for an hour after lunch leaving the guys with some true walked up grouse shooting to finish the day.

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What a fantastic 3 days! Simulated driven grouse, actual driven grouse and walked up grouse. Wayne and David had been looking forward to this trip for many years and they weren’t disappointed. They were true sportsmen and appreciative of all aspects of the shoot management and the value of grouse shooting to Scotland. Hopefully they may be back again.

From game fair season to Scottish game shooting season

Game fair season

This year is really flying by quickly and no sooner was the game fair season over than the Scottish game shooting season began. Not long after exhibiting at the West Country Game Fair, we headed off to attend our first Badminton Horse Trials for a joint Exclusively Scottish/Castle Gunmakers stand. Although not a shooting show, Badminton is a Mecca for country and town folk alike and we took a wide variety of products – from guns to socks and throws. The weather was indifferent which saw attendance down and unfortunately sales as well! However we had a great time, aided by volunteer salesman Darren Hawkins.

Bespoke, new and used shotguns on display  Luxury tweed fieldsports products to buy  Preparing for the Scottish game shooting season at the Badminton game fair
After Badminton our next stop was the CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace, where we once again shared space on the Lairds Sporting Directory stand. The weather was good and we had a successful show selling guns and Scottish products as well as talking to lots of people wanting to come shooting in the Scottish Borders – some booked, some didn’t! Thanks to eveyone who came on the stand for a chat.

Great choice of stalls at the Badminton game fair  The Exclusively Scottish/Castle Gunmakers stall   Overnight accommodation at the game fair

The Scottish game shooting season

With our game fair season over it was straight into the game shooting season in the Scottish Borders and The Glorious Twelfth came round pretty quickly. A local estate were having a small driven grouse day and the owner asked me if I would help load for a good friend of his. And so it was that I met John and his wife Janice who were over from New Zealand. After being a keen shooter all his life, John had a brain haemorrage 16 years ago which left him partially paralysed on his right side. Encouraged by his friends to carry on shooting, he has taught himself to shoot using his left arm only and continues to be a passionate game shooter. Once the grouse started coming, he soon got into them and finished with a couple of brace – more than many can do using both hands! It was a great pleasure to be with John and Janice on the grouse moor in the Borders and I look forward to seeing them in the future.

Driven grouse day on the moor  Janice and John - shooters from the USA  Enjoying the Scottish game shooting season

The following week saw our first client of the year – Sean Hastings from the USA. Sean was attending a conference in Glasgow and his father told him not to miss the opportunity to experience some walked up grouse shooting in the Scottish Borders. We fixed Sean up with a couple of other shooters new to walked up grouse and he headed out onto the moor with a nice little Spanish 20 bore side by side supplied by Castle Gunmakers. The first bird got up and he fired a single shot but missed….a second bird got up and he fired a single shot but missed! The keeper yelled ‘use both barrels!’. Then a brace got up and he fired both barrels and got a ‘right and left’ – the keeper kept quiet! Sean finished up with two and a half brace, a morning well spent.

Walked up grouse shooting in the moors  Sean with his grouse and the hills in the background  Relaxing during the walked up grouse shooting
And so with the Scottish game shooting season in full swing, clients are coming to the Scottish Borders thick and fast. Next were a couple from Tasmania and a couple from Switzerland – I’ll tell you about them next time!

Good game shoots, fairs and more

Book shooting days before they’re gone!

Well, the 13/14 shooting season seems a long way in the past now but enquiries are coming in fast and it’s obvious that all the good game shoots are getting booked up pretty quickly. Many clients, especially those from overseas, fail to grasp how quick they need to book shooting packages in the Scottish Borders – especially for popular grouse shoots. Spring seems to be going in the right direction and hopefully counts will be good. We still have some great early season partridge days available in September at really good rates – give us a call! Walked up shooting is in great demand again and days are filling well but with good availability still left in December.

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As ever, we have lots of varied and exciting shooting packages available as well as providing a full bespoke fieldsports service – tell us what game you want to shoot and we’ll try our best to sort it! Stalking and fishing enquiries are also up with availability selling out fast.

Country game fairs and shotgun sales

Show season is getting underway and we’ve already been to the West Country Game Fair at Shepton Mallet in Yorkshire and the Deer Stalking show at Kelso in the Scottish Borders. Both were really busy with strong gun and product sales and lots of shooting enquiries.

Our display of shotguns at the game fair  A great choice of over and under shotguns for sale   Nice overhead photo of the game fair stalls   Fieldsports sculptures for sale   Exclusively Scottish stag and hare cushions   Exclusively Scottish at Stand13 at the game fair
Next week we are off to the Badminton International Horse Trials. We will have all our lovely tweed and tartan textile products including our Harris tweed horse rug, together with some lovely guns and of course lots of shooting packages – come and have a chat. We’ll have a full review and pictures on the blog in a couple of weeks.

Bespoke, new, used shotgun sales display   Fieldsports products on our CLA stand display   Exclusively Scottish tweed horse blanket
We are also excited to be joining Lairds Sporting Directory at the CLA Game Fair this year and will keep you posted. Don’t miss out on the good game shoots; book early to avoid disappointment!

Game shooting in scotland; walked up and mini driven

Formal driven game shooting is often hailed as the pinnacle of our sport and in most circumstances provides a great shooting experience. However, a fantastic day can also be had wandering around beautiful countryside in pursuit of a mixed bag, presented in numerous challenging ways. Rather than being tied to a peg and a narrow “window” of opportunity, walked up, rough and informal ‘mini-driven’ shooting offers the sportsman a huge variety of shooting experiences and much more interaction with his fellow guns, the keeper, and his team of beaters and dogs. Nature, habitat and fieldcraft are the order of the day.

It was such a day that brought a diverse team of guns together on the edge of the Lammermuirs for a mixed informal shoot. Two of the guns had flown over from Ireland (for one it was a surprise Christmas present!); one had come from Cheltenham, one from Alnmouth and the other two were local.
Team
After all introductions were made we headed off for the first challenge – a small wetland area where we could hope to bag some mallard and teal. This was quite a military operation as it involved the team lining out in a field and then approaching a dry stone wall as low and quietly as possible so as not to disturb the birds. Once in behind the wall, the team waited for the birds to flush. Lots of shots were fired but only one mallard in the bag! It was a start!

Ready! Steady! Go!
Next we walked up some rough cover, blanking in as we went and then standing in a line as birds were flushed towards us. No pegs had been drawn giving the guns the option to move each other around as fairly as possible. Some really nice pheasants were sportingly shot and excuses made for the ones missed!

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Time for some exercise and the guns lined out to walk up a long strip of grass and reeds, before standing below a kale plot. Success came in the form of half a dozen pheasants and a couple of hares.

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Lunch was taken in the field – fittingly Game Pie! After lunch the team headed off to a different part of the shoot to try their luck at some traditionally presented partridges. Martin,one of the guns from Ireland had not shot a partridge before and we warned him how challenging they would be at this point in the season. We were not wrong and the partridges provided a huge range of shots for the whole team, flying strong and fast.Some great birds were shot with everyone having success – including Martin!

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All in all a great day of mixed sport in the Scottish Borders (one of the best places for game shooting in Scotland) – informal but challenging – with everyone getting plenty of shooting. There was a real interaction with the keepers and beating team and the final bag was 68 head of game. A big thanks to everyone involved.

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If you would like to experience a great day’s game shooting in Scotland (driven, walked up or mini driven), please contact us for advice, prices and information.

Driven grouse shooting in the Scottish Borders

It’s not often I get an invitation to shoot driven grouse as a guest – make that never! – so it was a great surprise to get a phone call from a local shoot owner on Sunday afternoon. At first when he asked if I was free on Monday, I thought he needed a beater for a let day! Luckily for me he had decided to have a small end of season driven grouse day with some friends and I think I squeezed in by default, not being the most experienced of grouse shots.

My wife Cathy had taken the Monday off but was obviously happy to see the back of me and insisted I go. In all fairness I had turned down an invitation to shoot driven pheasant and partridge the previous week as I had to take our Briard, Shaggy to the Dick Vet in Edinburgh as he has cancer.

I turned up at my host’s house bright and early Monday morning to be told that the grouse would be pretty wild and I’d be lucky to get a brace. I thought I was lucky to be there, and a single bird would be good! The day was bright with a stiff breeze and the grouse were pretty jumpy right from the start. Unfortunately I drew a peg next to my host who is a very good shot and would be watching me closely.

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Most of us mortals don’t get the chance to enjoy driven grouse shooting very often and although we’ve all been told the theory a thousand times, the reality is always a bit different. Crouched behind your butt, terrified of not letting the grouse see you and turn away, nothing can prepare you for the sudden onrush of birds as you stand and try to pick one out from the pack. Couple this with having to convince the brain to shoot lower than it’s used too and the result (for me) is usually a miss! That said I did manage to get one on the first drive.

On the second drive I was at the far right hand side of the line. A small covey hurtled towards my host on my left and then turned across me. I hesitated a split second too long (as usual), only to then find myself lining up on a grouse and a flanker. I let the bird pass the flanker and fired, taking only some tail feathers!

After a quick picnic lunch in stunning Scottish countryside, we had two more drives and I finished the day with a brace and a half. My host was as kind as he could be at the poor quality of my (and many others) shooting, but driven grouse shooting really is an art that needs practice and experience. Just being out on a grouse moor was a privilege. The final bag was 19 brace of grouse, 1 woodcock and 1 snipe.

grouse bag

Here’s hoping I win the lottery and get the chance for more practice!

Anglo-American driven pheasant shooting in Scotland

Many tales, stories and jokes begin “There was an Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman………..” Well this was certainly true of the team that met late in October at Glen Ample Estate on the south shores of Loch Earn in Perthshire. In fact there were three Americans, a Scotsman (who lives in Ireland), a Welshman, two Englishmen and an English Lady! And what a mixed bunch we were, coming from all walks of life; Paul is a celebrated artist and Tom an award winning chef. The rest of us mere mortals.

Team Glen Ample

We had all been invited for a day’s driven pheasant shooting by our generous host Bob, a successful American businessman who has fallen in love with Scotland, its history and its unique sporting opportunities. I stayed overnight with my good friends Kevin and Linda in Killin and the journey from there down to Lochearnhead through Glen Ogle was as spectacular as ever, the autumn colours magnificent at this time of year. We meandered our way up the south side of Loch Earn before heading up the glen. On arriving at the shoot bothy it was great to see an impressive display of Land Rover Defenders instead of the usual Far East offerings – especially as our host is the main Land Rover/Range Rover dealer in San Diego. Tom from Monachyle Mhor even had his Defender still sign written from a recent culinary promotion.

Introductions were made and there was a great deal of expectation in the air. The team was of mixed experience with this being Helen’s first taste of driven game shooting. Whilst the team got to know each other, Mike (the gamekeeper) had a quick look to see if he had any pheasants around!

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Peg numbers were drawn and we proceeded to the first drive where we all soon remembered how hard this sport is! Two more drives followed and the team began to get their eye in with some more successful than others! ‘Elevenses’ followed the third drive and there was a great atmosphere amongst the team. It was the on to ‘The Rocks’ where the birds were amazingly high and mostly too good for us! After another great drive, we returned to the bothy for lunch, just as it started to rain.

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After lunch we headed back out into the now torrential rain and donned our waterproofs for one final drive. Despite the rain the birds still flew very well and everyone was in the shooting. Back at the game larder the bag came in at 80 pheasants, a terrific day’s sport, enjoyed in great company.

With guns dried and cleaned, we headed to Bob’s stunning shooting lodge on the shores of Loch Lubnaig for a lovely dinner prepared by Tom from Monachyle. A perfect end to a perfect day.

For more information on driven pheasant shooting in Scotland please contact us.

Novice driven game shooting day near Gleneagles

Our first novice driven game shooting day of the season proves a great success despite the rain!

Novice driven game shooting day near Gleneagles

On Saturday 19th October we held our first novice day of the 2013/14 season on a beautiful estate near Gleneagles in Perthshire. Six keen clay shooters (3 men and 3 ladies) from Edinburgh had signed up for their first taste of driven game shooting. The day was hosted by Ian Hendy from Exclusively Scottish and Eddy Buchan from Buchan Field Sports Services. Guns and cartridges were supplied by Castle Gunmakers.

The idea behind these days is to give an all round experience of the game shooting world to shooters who may not have the confidence or even the budget to take on a full driven day from scratch. How many of us were thrown in at the deep end, having little idea of the realities, expectations and etiquette needed to go game shooting? Although many of us are brought up with shooting from an early age, our sport needs to attract the keen shooter who has little or no knowledge of this world. Most importantly this needs to be done in a safe, controlled, friendly environment. All too often we see guns in the line who would have benefited from a little extra guidance.

And so our day went like this; Eddy and I greeted our clients at about 10.00 am at the Bothy. The weather was not great but our host had the log burner going well and the kettle on! After all round introductions we ascertained everyone’s experience levels, finding that all had shot clays to varying levels. We quickly but thoroughly ran through basic safe gun handling, moving on to a more in depth discussion of the differences between standing in a cage and standing on a peg. Safety was obviously the main topic of conversation and the clients were given an understanding of the work and positioning of the beating team and pickers-up.

The rain eased off and we went just outside the bothy to do some gun-mounting and footwork practice. This helped Eddy and I with gun selection and gave us an insight into the real experience level of each individual. We then discussed how peg numbers are drawn and how the shooting line is set out together with all safety implications.

Back inside, our host had some warming pheasant broth ready for us. With the aid of photographs we then discussed quarry recognition and what to shoot and what not to shoot! The session was really interactive covering all aspects of what to expect on a live drive. Despite the rain we headed back out to shoot some driven clay targets. The weather made the targets quite tricky but some great coaching from Eddy meant that everyone got their eye in and confidence was high.

So then for the real thing. Peg numbers were drawn and the whole team (by now very wet!) proceeded to the first drive. Adrenaline was definitely flowing and you could sense the expectation, excitement and nervousness coming from all the guns. Despite the rain the birds flew well and safety standards were excellent. Some guns had more success than others but all were in the shooting and all were totally blown away by their first experience of driven game shooting. We then had chance to watch the dogs and pickers-up work whilst having a quick de-brief and a question and answer session.

It was then on to the second drive with guns learning to “move up 2”. Safety issues specific to the drive were discussed and the drive proceeded with most birds being cleanly killed. With the bag at 24 – exactly what we were looking for – we returned to the bothy to dry off and get a cup of tea. Guns were dried and cleaned and lots of smiling faces discussed the two drives and the events of the day.

Over then to the game larder where we gave a basic demonstration of how to hang, pluck and clean the game, together with a few recipe ideas! Making sure our host was out of the way, we then touched on the etiquette of tipping and thanking the ‘keeper.

The day rounded off at about 4.30 with a small sloe gin and a toast to our host, his team and the birds. The feedback we  received from all the guns was really positive and all felt that they now had the confidence and knowledge to begin their game shooting careers!

For more information on how to book one of these novice driven game shooting days please contact our sporting agency.

Kelso game shooting and horse racing weekend

Kelso game shooting and horse racing weekend organised by Exclusively Scottish!

The team of guns and their wives from Bristol arrived at their accommodation on Friday afternoon. We had arranged a lovely old farmhouse for them to stay in close to the shoot and only 20 minutes from Kelso. Upon arrival the Aga was turned up, the wine opened and the cheese devoured! The dogs ran around their new surroundings whilst the guests ran around trying to bag the best rooms. Once all the food and drink was unloaded from the cars, the guns got ready for the evening duck flight.

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Our shoot host took the team of five guns to two ponds splitting them 3 and 2. The weather didn’t seem too promising at first but as the dusk drew in, so did the clouds, making for a great backdrop. After a long wait the first mallard appeared dropping onto our pond and two out of the three were cleanly despatched – a good start. The night got better with birds coming in at regular intervals and with the guns on good form the bag grew steadily. At 6 birds apiece the team sportingly put away their guns and all birds were picked. We met up with the other two guns who had an equally successful evening bagging mallard and teal.

With the birds in the larder and the guns cleaned, it was straight to the local pub for some great steaks and a dram too many!

The guns met us the next morning looking remarkably fresh and still talking about the previous evening’s great sport. They were then briefed on the day’s proceedings – a full mixed species walked up day. First off they were taken to a large ‘splash’ where fieldcraft would be put to the test both with the silent approach needed and the quarry recognition – they had been told to shoot only the wild mallard, the teal and snipe. Once the birds lifted (the reared mallard first), the shooting began. The sky was full of all three species, most of which were too good for the guns and soon out of range. After picking up it was clear that only mallard had been bagged and our host assured the team that one was not wild!

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Next up was a long walk over moorland of heather and grass. The team lined out with beaters in between each gun and dogs kept well in check. Several grouse got up quite early but were out of range. The guns kept up their concentration and soon a brace of grouse were added to the bag, both shot by guns who had never been on a moor before! As the heather turned to grass there was a shout of “rabbit” and this was cleanly despatched with a single shot. Further on a few partridge lifted and it wasn’t long before 4 had been added to the bag. The team now had four different species in the bag and spirits were high as they stopped on the hill for a picnic lunch.

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After lunch the host treated the team to a fantastic partridge drive where they were told to only shoot the very best birds – and they did, adding 20 more partridges to the bag. Next was another walk in open grassland with the birds testing everyones reactions and fieldcraft. All the guns were in the shooting and the walk added cock and hen pheasants, partridge, snipe and hare to the bag with an “easy” pigeon being missed. To finish the day, the guns requested a ‘pigeon drive’ and a small fir wood was surrounded and beaten through. The wind was now up and the birds were testing the guns to the limit and only two were shot.

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A fantastic day of sport was at an end with eight different species in the bag. The team retired to the farmhouse where Exclusively Scottish had arranged for outside caterers to put on a fantastic 4 course meal. Stories were told, jokes made and plenty of wine consumed. The perfect end to a wonderful day’s shooting.

All the guests met us at The Cobbles in Kelso on Sunday for a cheeky aperitif before we headed off to Kelso racecourse. Exclusively Scottish had reserved a table in the hospitality suite and a good lunch set us up for the day. Lots of discussions were had as to the form of the horses but when it came down to it there was quite a lot of pot luck going on. One horse was called ‘Shooting Times’ and so of course we all backed it – unfortunately it didn’t win. There was a huge crowd and great atmosphere at this lovely racecourse and by afternoon tea, most of the guests had backed a winner or two.

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After the races it was back to the farmhouse to get rested and changed before meeting at the pub for a full Sunday roast. Some of the party were beginning to flag now but the whisky soon livened things up and the singing got going!

Guns, wives and dogs departed on Monday morning with smiles on their faces after having a fantastic weekend of sport and over-indulgence.

If you fancy a similar game shooting and horse racing weekend, or any tailor made shooting experience, then please get in touch with the sporting agency.