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What is Rough Shooting?

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Rough shooting days are exciting and ideal for working your own dogs to enhance their hunting and retrieval confidence. The dogs will flush game out of hedgerows, woods and other coverings as they walk along and will retrieve the shot game for the shooter to dispatch.

This form of shooting provides an opportunity for dogs to work in difficult terrains which will help to build their confidence. In addition, rough shooting days are an excellent way to introduce young dogs to hunting, as they will be able to observe and learn from experienced dogs.

Rough shooting is also a great way for shooters to practice their skills whether they're beginners or more advanced in training.

When most people think of "rough shooting," they might imagine a day spent hunting in the rugged backcountry. For those who are into rough shooting, this is only one aspect of this exciting pursuit. Rough shooting can encompass everything from driven pheasant shoots to walked-up grouse hunts, and there are infinite ways to enjoy this challenging and rewarding style of hunting. Whether you're a first-time participant or have been enjoying rough shooting for years, here are some tips to help make the most of your next adventure 

Despite its name, rough shooting is not just about chasing game through dense cover. In fact, much of the fun comes from carefully planning each step of the hunt and using your knowledge of the terrain to outsmart.

 

Types of Rough Shooting

 

It is important for those who are unsure to know the different aspects of rough shooting. These can be divided into three main categories; rough; walked-up and walk one, stand one.

Rough Shooting

Rough shooting is 'hunting' at its most basic and usually, involves a small number of guns and dogs walking around a predefined area on a farm or estate boundary in pursuit of birds and ground game (rabbits, hares etc.). Usually, the team will not have beaters with them but will work their own dogs in hedgerows, small woods and rough uncultivated parcels of land, flushing and shooting game as they please. Some rough shooting can be done on horseback.

The rough shooter needs to be a competent shot as there are often long-range shots involved and also needs to be proficient in loading and reloading his/her gun quickly as there are often numerous shots taken during the day. A typical day's rough shooting would see the team spend several hours out in the field, walking up game and taking pot shots at birds and rabbits. At the end of the day, the team would return to the farmhouse or lodge for a well-earned dinner and drink by the fire.

Rough shooting is a great way to spend a day in the countryside surrounded by nature, fresh air and good company. It is also an excellent way to hone one's shooting skills as it tests accuracy and speed under pressure.

 

Walked-up Shooting

Walked-up shooting, a relatively new term, is becoming more popular among hunters. The main difference between walked-up shooting and other types of hunting is that the former does not involve blinds or dogs. Instead, hunters simply walk through the woods until they spot an animal. While this may seem like a more difficult way to hunt, it actually has a number of advantages.

First, it allows hunters to be more mobile, making it easier to cover ground and find game. Second, it provides a more natural hunting experience, as hunters are able to take in all the sights and sounds of the woods. Finally, walked-up shooting is often less expensive than other types of hunting, as it does not require the use of expensive equipment.

For all these reasons, walked-up shooting is becoming increasingly popular among hunters of all ages.

 

Walk One, Stand One

These types of shoots are growing in popularity recently. They are a good way of combining both driven and walked-up shooting. Two teams take it in turns to walk and beat while the other team stands on a peg. Most shoots, however, do only allow the walking team to shoot up to a certain point.

Rough shooting can be extremely beneficial to your health. Not only does it help to improve your fitness, but it also helps to reduce stress levels and improve your mobility. Rough shooting can also be a great way to bond with nature by getting out and exploring the outdoors. It can also be a great way to meet new people and make new friends whilst learning new skills and techniques.

 

So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and start rough shooting with us today!

 

Benefits of Rough Shooting

Here are some of the many benefits that you get from rough shooting;

  • Experience the thrill of the hunt
  • Meet new people and socialise
  • Good physical exercise
  • Experience attending a sporting event and being part of a group
  • Enjoy the outdoors and nature
  • Feel the satisfcation of providing food for your table
  • De-stress yourself from business or personal life
  • Adventure in the outdoors

Animal Hunting Seasons

This year's animal hunting seasons are finally here! After much anticipation, hunters all across the country can now head out into the great outdoors and pursue their favourite game. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a new hunter, make sure to brush up on the rules and regulations for your state before hitting the trails. Plan ahead with us and be safe out there! Further details of the below hunting seasons can be found here.

Grey Partridge

September 1st 2022 - February 1st 2023

Northern Ireland - Oct 1 – Jan 31

Isle of Man - Protected (ban in force)

Pheasant

October 1st 2022 - February 1st 2023

Northern Ireland - Oct - Jan 31

Isle of Man - Oct 1 - Jan 31

Red-legged Partridge

September 1st 2022 - February 1st 2022

Northern Ireland - Oct 1 – Jan 31

Isle of Man - Oct 1 – Jan 31

Red Grouse

August 12th 2022 - December 10th 2022

Northern Ireland - Aug 12 – Nov 30

Isle of Man - Aug 25 – Oct 31

Black Grouse

August 20th 2022 - December 10th 2022

Somerset, Devon and New Forest: Sep 1 – Dec 10)

Ptarmigan

August 12th 2022 - December 10th 2022

Scotland only.

Duck & Goose (inland)

September 1st 2022 - January 31st 2023

Isle of Man - Sep 1 – Jan 31

Ducks - July 1 – Mar 31 - Geese**

(**Geese can only be shot under general licence under the Wildlife Act 1990. See the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) website for terms and conditions of general licences here)

Duck & Goose (below HWM)

September 1st 2022 - February 20th 2023

Northern Ireland - Sep 1 – Jan 31

Isle of Man - Sep 1 – Jan 31 - Ducks Jul 1 – Mar 31 – Geese **

HWM – High Water Mark of ordinary spring tides England, Wales and Scotland: Any area below the high-water mark of ordinary spring tides Isle of Man: ** Geese can only be shot under general licence under the Wildlife Act 1990. See the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) website for terms and conditions of general licences here.

Common Snipe

August 12th 2022 - January 31st 2023

Northern Ireland - Sep 1 – Jan 31

Isle of Man - Sep 1 – Jan 31

Jack Snipe

September 1st 2022 - January 31st 2023

Northern Ireland only.

England and Wales - Protected

Scotland - Protected

Isle of Man - Protected

Woodcock

October 1st 2022 - January 31st 2023

Scotland - Sep 1 - Jan 31

Golden Plover

September 1st 2022 - January 31st 2023

Isle of Man - Protected

Coot/Moorhen

September 1st 2022 - January 31st 2023

Northern Ireland - Protected

Isle of Man - Protected

Brown Hare

January 1st 2022 - December 31st 2022

Scotland - Open season Oct 1 – Jan 31

Northern Ireland - Aug 12 – Jan 31*

Isle of Man - Brown or common hare - Oct 1 – Jan 31

* The Special Protection Order previously issued to give Irish hare additional protection is no longer in place and therefore the Irish Hare is now subject to an open season as above.

In England and Wales under the Ground Game Act 1880 occupiers of land have an inalienable right to kill and take ground game concurrent with any other person holding such a right. Occupiers or a person authorised by them, acting under the authority of this act may only kill or take ground game on moorland between 1 September and 31 March inclusive. Further under Section 1 (3) and Ground Game Amendment Act 1906 Section 2) Firearms may only be used for such purposes between 11 December and 31 March.

In Scotland, the occupier of the land or persons authorised by them may kill rabbit throughout the year on moorland and unenclosed land (not being arable) by all legal means but only by means of firearms during the period from 1 July to 31 March inclusive (Section 1 (3) of the Ground Game Act 1880 as modified by the Agriculture (Scotland) Act 1948). Hares are subject to a close season (Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011) (see above).

Moorland and unenclosed land does not include arable land or detached portions of land less than 25 acres which adjoins arable land.

Rabbit

January 1st 2022 - December 31st 2022

Scotland - Jan 1 – Dec 31 - No close season however certain restrictions can apply, see below.

Northern Ireland - Rabbit is classed as a pest and therefore not subject to a close season.

Isle of Man - No close season.

 

* The Special Protection Order previously issued to give Irish hare additional protection is no longer in place and therefore the Irish Hare is now subject to an open season as above.

In England and Wales under the Ground Game Act 1880 occupiers of land have an inalienable right to kill and take ground game concurrent with any other person holding such a right. Occupiers or a person authorised by them, acting under the authority of this act may only kill or take ground game on moorland between 1 September and 31 March inclusive. Further under Section 1 (3) and Ground Game Amendment Act 1906 Section 2) Firearms may only be used for such purposes between 11 December and 31 March.

In Scotland, the occupier of the land or persons authorised by them may kill rabbit throughout the year on moorland and unenclosed land (not being arable) by all legal means but only by means of firearms during the period from 1 July to 31 March inclusive (Section 1 (3) of the Ground Game Act 1880 as modified by the Agriculture (Scotland) Act 1948). Hares are subject to a close season (Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011) (see above).

 

Moorland and unenclosed land does not include arable land or detached portions of land less than 25 acres which adjoins arable land.

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Located at Lymburghs Farm, Marnhull. There are over 110 acres of wet meadows and grassland hedge, small copses and some woodland. A small river runs at the edge of the property.

Ensure you bury or take away any entrails head etc, you may ‘graloch’ please. Photograph and send pictures of any kill and please let me know the condition of the animal, always offer Jim the farmer some venison.

The map must be studied carefully, we are putting up 3 high seats so familiarise yourself with their location as there are some no-shoot zones. There is a Carp Lake which is the same one as abutting Hayes farm, so no shooting in that direction and there is a road in the area footpaths are around please be aware - all we ask is that you study the map and use the high seats they are placed in positions for maximum safety.

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