Game Shooting Season, UK

Exclusive Game shooting Days

our Exclusive Game Shoots

Over the past 20 years David Beardsmore alongside Head Keeper Oliver Davies have developed four exclusive sporting estates located on the Shropshire / Worcestershire borders giving them access to 20,000 acres and over 150 different drives during the game shooting season.

We specialise in pheasant, partridge and driven duck shooting, providing challenging shoots in the beautiful Worcestershire/Shropshire countryside. We offer 100-400 bird driven days, which includes first class full hospitality in a number of different stunning locations.

Regardless of whether you are new to driven game shooting or a seasoned experienced shot, David Beardsmore Shooting will tailor make your day to ensure you have a first class driven game experience.

AVAILABLE game daysVideo from our venues
High flying fast and plentiful, the birds are presented to all abilities and the whole day is run professionally, smoothly and with excellent refreshments throughout the day… highly recommended.
Mr. Rupert Thurgood

Extra Services

David Beardsmore Shooting also offers a range of services covering every aspect of your day to make your experience complete.

Shooting Chauffeurs

If needed, a driver for a shoot day can be arranged.

Gun Hire

It is possible to hire guns from David for a shoot day. This must be requested prior to the shoot day.

Cartridges

Cartridges can be bought from David, who recommends Eley cartridges, particularly VIP game and Zenith game.

In-field Shooting Instructors

David can offer tuition out in the field on a shoot day to help improve shooting accuracy.

Loaders

Someone to load cartridges on the drive and carry equipment to and from the drive can be arranged upon request prior to the shoot day.

Photography

If requested, it can be organised for a photographer to come out on a shoot day to photograph the day.

Typical shooting day at our Arley Estate

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shooting season at winwood estate

Winwood Estate

Winwoods typifies English driven game shooting, situated on the Shropshire, Worcestershire border, between Bewdley and Bridgnorth.

Winwood Estate
shooting season at Arley Estate

Arley Estate

Arley Estate is a short drive north of Kidderminster, tucked away amidst beautiful countryside on the banks of the River Severn in the Severn Valley.

Arley Estate
shooting season at davenport house estate

Davenport House Estate

Davenport House estate is situated in the West Midlands, in the beautiful Shropshire countryside, just east of Bridgnorth.

Davenport House
shooting season, uk at sodington hall

Sodington Hall

Sodington Hall Shoot is located on the Shropshire Worcestershire border, under one hour from Birmingham.

Sodington Hall

Looking to improve your eye in the field?

Whether you are looking for one-on-one in-field instruction or want a full improvement plan, David is a professional coach with over 25 years experience offering his knowledge and expertise in the field. David will help you identify weak areas in your game shooting that may need improvement, whilst helping you to develop additional skills by implementing advanced techniques, thereby building your confidence in your game shooting and ensuring you get the results you require.

David coaches all ages and abilities of shooter from the novice to the experienced and travels throughout the UK with clients.

Contact David

Available Game Days

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Quarry
Bag Size
Pegs
Price
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13/9/21
6
200
£
495
 per peg
Driven Duck
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Price
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Quarry
24/9/21
10
200
£
495
 per peg
Driven Duck
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Price
Pegs
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27/9/21
1
300
£
750
 per peg
Driven Duck
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Price
Pegs
Quarry
28/9/21
9
200
£
495
 per peg
Driven Duck
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Price
Pegs
Quarry
1/10/21
10
200
£
495
 per peg
Driven Duck
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Price
Pegs
Quarry
4/10/21
7
150
£
390
 per peg
Driven Duck
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Price
Pegs
Quarry
5/10/21
10
200
£
495
 per peg
Driven Duck
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Price
Pegs
Quarry
9/10/21
7
200
£
495
 per peg
Driven Duck
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Price
Pegs
Quarry
11/10/21
10
200
£
495
 per peg
Driven Duck
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Price
Pegs
Quarry
12/10/21
9
300
£
750
 per peg
Driven Duck
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Price
Pegs
Quarry
18/10/21
10
300
£
750
 per peg
Driven Duck
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
19/10/21
10
150
£
390
 per peg
Driven Duck
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
23/10/21
2
175
£
675
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
25/10/21
8
200
£
495
 per peg
Driven Duck
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
25/10/21
10
150
£
575
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
26/10/21
10
175
£
675
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
29/10/21
10
300
£
750
 per peg
Driven Duck
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
29/10/21
10
175
£
675
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
3/11/21
10
300
£
1150
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Price
Pegs
Quarry
6/11/21
4
150
£
575
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Price
Pegs
Quarry
8/11/21
9
200
£
765
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
9/11/21
9
150
£
390
 per peg
Driven Duck
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
15/11/21
7
150
£
575
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
16/11/21
9
300
£
1150
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
18/11/21
8
150
£
390
 per peg
Driven Duck
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
22/11/21
10
200
£
765
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
23/11/21
10
150
£
575
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
24/11/21
10
250
£
965
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
27/11/21
10
175
£
675
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
1/12/21
10
175
£
675
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Price
Pegs
Quarry
6/12/21
8
200
£
765
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
7/12/21
6
150
£
575
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
11/12/21
2
175
£
675
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
13/12/21
10
300
£
1150
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
14/12/21
10
175
£
675
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
18/12/21
10
150
£
575
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
20/12/21
10
250
£
965
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
21/12/21
9
175
£
675
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
23/12/21
5
175
£
675
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
27/12/21
10
200
£
765
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
31/12/21
10
175
£
675
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Price
Pegs
Quarry
4/1/22
10
200
£
765
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
5/1/22
10
175
£
675
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
6/1/22
10
175
£
675
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
11/1/22
10
150
£
575
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
Enquire
Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
14/1/22
10
175
£
675
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
Enquire
Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
15/1/22
10
175
£
675
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
17/1/22
10
150
£
575
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
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Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
18/1/22
10
175
£
675
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
Enquire
Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
19/1/22
10
175
£
675
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
Enquire
Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
21/1/22
10
150
£
575
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
Enquire
Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
22/1/22
10
175
£
675
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
Enquire
Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
24/1/22
10
150
£
575
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
Enquire
Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
25/1/22
10
175
£
675
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
Enquire
Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
27/1/22
10
175
£
675
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
Enquire
Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
28/1/22
10
150
£
575
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
Enquire
Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry
29/1/22
10
150
£
575
 per peg
Pheasant and Partridge
Enquire
Bag Size
Price
Pegs
Quarry

Accommodation

There are lots of great places to stay around the beautiful area of Shropshire and Worcestershire. Here is a list of some of the best in the area close to the estates.

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FAQ

What are the best chokes for Game Shooting?

If you are shooting targets that are particularly close, less than 25 yards, open chokes (cylinder or skeet) are generally recommended. In most cases a combination of improved cylinder & half choke will probably suffice and a combination of half & half may be preferable for to deal with longer range targets without too much compromising at short-range. The tighter chokes tend to ‘kill’ the bird, whether clay or feathered, more cleanly and thereby increase confidence.

In the case of extreme pheasants/partridges/ducks many find that the combination of ¾ / ¾ or full / full chokes to be the most effective, especially when using longer barrels which have the effect of slightly increasing shot velocity. However, chokes which are too tight may result in ‘blown’ patterns, which are uneven and ineffective. Please don’t forget if you are using cartridges containing steel shot these should only be used with a maximum of half choke. This is due to the fact that steel does not deform nearly as much as lead and will significantly increase pressure created within the barrel, potentially damaging a heavily choked gun and injuring the shooter.

  • General game shooting a combination of 1/4 (improved cylinder) & 1/2 chokes for most situations
  • Extreme (very high) driven birds, 3/4 and full chokes may be required
  • For walked-up and rough shooting, where birds are closer, cylinder or improved cylinder is best.

Shotgun choke constriction chart

Why is there a shooting season?

Shooting seasons occur at set times of the year to ensure the correct conservation and management of game species. The shooting season, when it is legal to shoot game, is known as the open season. Any time outside of the shooting season is known as the closed season, with it being illegal to shoot game during this time. The shooting season for each species of game varies, so it is important to check when the open season is.

Why are there no game shoots on Sundays and Christmas Day?

Game shooting is considered illegal on Christmas Day and Sundays (both in and out of the open season), therefore it is against the law for game shoots to take place on these days.

When is duck shooting season?

Duck shooting season runs from 1st September to 31st January in the UK. Driven duck shooting is available with David Beardsmore Shooting, on two estates, with dates from 1st September.

When is partridge shooting season?

Partridge shooting season runs from 1st September to 1st February in Great Britain. There are two types of partridge that are shot in the UK; the Red-legged partridge and the Grey partridge. Whilst there are two types that are shot in the UK, the most common type of partridge shot in the UK is the Red-Legged partridge.

David Beardsmore Shooting offers both partridge and pheasant shooting on the same shoot throughout the open season.

When is pheasant shooting season?

Pheasant shooting season takes place between 1st October and 1st February in Great Britain. Driven pheasant shooting is offered with David Beardsmore Shooting on four estates from 1st October.

The UK is traditionally the home of driven pheasant shooting, with David Beardsmore Shooting offering partridge shooting alongside our pheasant shoots. There is more information on our blog about pheasant shooting season.

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