Partridge shooting season is a time of year every shooter should be looking forward to. The crisp Autumn air, the changing leaves, and the partridge on which to shoot.
If you're looking to get started with game shooting and fancy your hand at partridge, let’s go through what you need to know, starting with some dates.
The partridge shooting season starts on the 1st September – 1st February in England, Scotland and Wales, however in Northern Ireland the partridge shooting season runs from the 1st September – 31st January.
The red-legged partridge (Alectoris rufa) is the most common but is not actually native to Britain, having been successfully introduced to East Anglia in about 1770, using stock from France.
Before then the native grey partridge (Perdix perdix) was the predominant game bird, though efforts to re-introduce this have been largely unsuccessful.
Around 12 million red-legged partridges are released to be shot each year in the UK and their breeding and release is now completed under license from the government in order to be better able to protect ecosystems from what is essentially an invasive species.
The interim licensing regime comes into effect for the 2021 partridge shooting season and covers European protected sites.
There is no shooting season quite like it. Here at David Beardsmore Shooting we think that anyone who has not experienced partridge shooting should do so at least once in their life. We offer pheasant and partridge days at 4 exclusive estates on the Shropshire / Worcestershire border.
If you are interested in getting involved with any type of shooting then please contact us for advice and information.
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