Focus On Pheasant
It is fair to say that Pheasant shooting has shaped the countryside. Travel the length and breadth of the country and you will see areas of woodland that exist having been planted because of shooting. Whilst not a native species (conventional wisdom says the Romans introduced them), Pheasants are capable of thriving in habitats where Partridges struggle. Pheasants are strong flyers and the speed and height which they can reach, with little effort, is what makes them so challenging.
No matter how they are presented, Pheasant shooting, with the season starting on 1st October, is hugely enjoyable and The Royal Berkshire Sporting Agency are able to host days to suit all preferences.
A Pheasant can fly at up to 40 mph and even faster in the wind.
Often Hen Pheasants are as much as 1 pound lighter than a Cock Pheasant.
Pheasant is one of the most versatile game meats available. Fancy trying your hand at cooking pheasant this season, visit the British Game Alliance website for lots of tasty recipes. https://www.eatwild.co/recipes/
Our Top Pheasant Shooting Tips
When shooting Pheasant pay close attention to their line. Often you will see a bird appear, having been flushed some distance away from the line, with its wings ‘set’ and it will be gliding. Two things to bear in mind, it will not be as slow as it looks and it is very easy for a Pheasant to ‘slide’ left or right when gliding. So be sure to use your front hand and muzzle to establish and maintain the line before swinging through to create your lead.
Be sure to have the right cartridges as a later season bird flying at greater height will require a different load to a September partridge.
The Royal Berkshire Gun Room stock the perfect cartridges for the job…. Hull High Pheasant Extreme.
What to wear? Well, as the saying goes “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes”…so be sure to have a waterproof jacket and leggings with you.
These Schoffel Saxby Over Trousers offer ideal protection in the outdoors and are 100% windproof, waterproof and breathable. They are available in the Country Store and online for £139.95.
Are you looking for a ultimate shooting coat? Introducing the Purdey Mens Snipe Coat, the most waterproof garment in the Purdey shooting range. The outer shell is a blend of Cordura and Supplex fibres. Cordura, known for its durability, has an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio, making it resistant to tears, scuffs and abrasions with a natural matte appearance. This coat is available at our Country Store for £645.00.
A good pair of wellington boots goes a long way!
We love these leather lined boots from Le Chameau. The iconic Chasseur, a handcrafted premium leather lined zip boot, is instantly recognisable. Kevlar reinforcement to the front for extra protection against abrasion, waterproof Riri Aquazip and snap button for fastening. Premium leather lining with leather insole and shock-absorbing, insulating, all-terrain outsole sole with reinforced shank for better arch support.
These are stocked both in our Country Store and online at £360.00.
Are you ready for the start of the season? Visit our Country Store to shop the items featured above as well as our wide range of clothing, footwear and accessories from brands such as Purdey, Schoffel, Musto, Le Chameau and Barbour.