Simulated Game Day – A Review
Last week I took part in a simulated game day organised by Chris Hanks, manager and shooting instructor at Lady’s Wood shooting school. This was my first simulated shooting day and I was not sure what to expect but I hoped that it would compare to a days pheasant or partridge shooting and I was not disappointed!
We met for breakfast at the Titputts Inn for breakfast, safety briefing and the all-important drawing of pegs. I was paired with another gun slightly more experienced than myself but very friendly. After breakfast we set off for the shoot in convoy at Chavenage which is a large estate with a syndicate shoot during the season.
The first drive of the day was a gentle simulated partridge drive aimed at getting everyone’s eye in for a days shooting. Guns were paired on each peg and had around 10 minutes shooting before the horn was sounded and the second gun took over. The gun not shooting loaded for the other gun enabling the cartridges to pass through the barrels at quite a pace. The recommendation to bring gloves was certainly welcomed as the gun got hotter and hotter!
After a quick drink we moved onto the second drive which was my personal favourite of the day. In a steep narrow valley with a high volume of mixed Partridge & Pheasant we saw the pace dramatically increase from the first drive and the cartridges continued to fly through the guns. The fun was increased due to the close proximity of the pegs and the ability to poach clays within range if the adjacent gun was not quick enough! Due to the vast number of clays flying overhead this was all part of the fun and we all shot around 100 cartridges from this stand.
Next up a break for elevenses with some bubbles, a selection of soft drinks and light snacks. Surprisingly hungry after a good breakfast and the mornings shooting this was welcome and gave us all a chance to get to know each other a little better.
A short walk to the next drive took us to Lowsley Hill, a high pheasant drive set in a beautiful valley. The wind was up a little and although the weather had been kind and the sun was starting to break through the clouds the clays were moving enough to make the paths interesting and varied.
The final drive for the day was a little longer by car but gave us all the extra of off road driving through some more challenging terrain and when we arrived at the drive everyone was looking forward to the finale. Pump House was an extreme high pheasant drive where birds were driven from a high sided valley over the awaiting guns. Without doubt the most challenging shooting of the day but thoroughly enjoyable and a real test for everyone to conclude the days shooting. After the drive we had a rough count of the cartridges used and most had got through 400 to 500 in total. A little tired we all headed for lunch ad a well deserved pint.
Lunch was a 2 course meal shortly after 2 o’clock served at the Titputts Inn and was a great way to end the day. With a choice of dishes I opted for the steak, chips and peppercorn sauce which was up there with the best sauces for me. Locally sourced beef from their own farm was a real treat. Home after and looking forward to hearing when the next simulated game day from Lady’s Wood will be.
Guest review by Andrew Webley, owner of the Smarter Web Company, who offer web design and online marketing to businesses of all size.
For more information on Simulated Game days provided by Lady’s Wood Shooting School please contact Chris on 01454 294546 or email firstname.lastname@example.org