Hunting has been a part of British culture for centuries, and today many people still enjoy this traditional pastime. Though the most popular form of hunting is now deer stalking, there are also opportunities to hunt foxes, hares, and other small game.
In addition, many people also enjoy shooting clay pigeons or participating in other forms of target practice. For many, hunting is a way to connect with nature and get some exercise in the fresh open air.
It can also be a social activity, as friends and family often gather together to go on hunting trips making unforgettable memories as a family. Hunting is still popular in the UK and enjoyed by people of all ages.
Types of Hunting
There are many different types of hunting, each with its own unique challenges and rewards. Today's main types of hunting in the UK are deer stalking, rough shooting, walked-up shooting, wildfowling, pigeon shooting and big game hunting.
Deer stalking is the practice of quietly observing and tracking deer in their natural habitat. The goal of deer stalking is to get close enough to the deer to get a clear shot while minimising the chances of being detected. To do this, stalkers must have a good understanding of deer behaviour and movement patterns. They must also be patient and extremely quiet, as even the slightest noise can send a deer running.
Deer stalking can be an exciting and challenging form of hunting, requiring great skill and planning. However, it also provides a unique opportunity to view these beautiful animals up close in their natural environment.
Rough shooting has been a popular sport in the UK for centuries and is still enjoyed by many today. Rough shooting typically occurs on farmland, where gamebirds such as pheasants and partridges are raised for shooting. The sport can be challenging and rewarding, requiring a keen eye and quick reflexes. In addition to being a great way to enjoy the outdoors, rough shooting also helps to control vermin populations and keep farmland healthy.
By carefully managing the number of birds shot each year, rough shooters can help to ensure that gamebird populations remain strong. As a result, rough shooting plays an important role in conservation.
Walked Up Shooting
Walked Up Shooting is a type of shooting where the game birds are flushed out of cover by a line of beaters and then shot by the waiting guns. This type of shooting requires great coordination between the beaters and the guns, and it can be a very exciting way to hunt. One of the benefits of walked-up shooting is that it allows for a more challenging hunt, as the game birds are not confined to one area and can be flushed out from anywhere. This can make for a more thrilling chase and more successful hunt. In addition, walked-up shooting also allows for more shots to be taken, as there are often many game birds flushed out at once.
However, this type of shooting is not without its risks, as there is always the potential for accidents when guns and beaters are working in close proximity. For this reason, it is important to have a well-trained team and to follow all safety guidelines when undertaking a walked-up shoot.
Wildfowling is the practice of shooting wild birds for sport. It has been practiced for centuries, and today there are many different types of wild birds that can be hunted. Some of the most popular include ducks, geese, and pheasants. Wildfowlers typically use shotguns to shoot their prey, often setting up decoys to attract birds to their location. In addition to being a popular sport, wildfowling also provides an important food source for many people. Duck and geese meat is considered to be very tasty, and it can be cooked in a variety of different ways.
For those who enjoy hunting, wildfowling is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy some time in nature while also putting food on the table.
Pigeon shooting is a popular sport in many parts of the world. It involves shooting at pigeons that are released from a trap, typically with a shotgun. The sport can be traced back to medieval times and remains a popular pastime among Hunting enthusiasts. There are a number of benefits to pigeon shooting, including the fact that it helps to control the population of pests.
In addition, the sport can train hunting dogs, as well as providing an enjoyable day out for those who participate.
Big Game Hunting
Big game hunting involves large animals such as deer, bear, or elk. Successfully harvesting a big game animal requires significant planning and preparation and a proficient understanding of the animal’s behaviour.
On the other hand, small game hunting generally focuses on animals such as rabbits, squirrels, or pigeons. This type of hunting often requires different skills, such as the ability to track and stalk prey quietly.
No matter what type of hunting you pursue, though, there is a great sense of satisfaction that comes from successfully harvesting an animal.
Hunting is a unique and adrenaline-pumping experience. It takes great skill, stealth, and knowledge of the animal you are pursuing. The thrill of the hunt can be addicting, as you never know when you will get your next chance to take an animal.
Hunting also requires patience, as you may sit in a tree stand for hours without seeing anything. But when you finally get a shot and see the animal drop, it is all worth it.
The feeling of success is indescribable. Hunting is not just about killing an animal but about being one with nature and enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. It is an experience that everyone should have at least once in their lifetime.
We offer a wide range of services and hunts in all the most popular hunting types. We have various hunting locations throughout the UK that will give you the best hunting experience possible. Take a look at the types of hunting we offer and where they are located below.
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Deer Stalking Locations
Isle of Skye, Scotland
Eilean Iarmain, Isleornsay, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Deer Stalking Area or Rough Shooting Area - Isle-of-Sky Scotland
The area is located just off the A851, 9 miles south of Broadford and 7 miles north of Armadale.
Land acreage: 22,000
Llangollen, North Wales
Rough Shooting Area - Llangollen North Wales
This is a do-it-yourself day that suits all types of inexperienced and experienced guns. Located at Horshoe Pass near Llangollen. Rough shooting, pheasant grouse and woodcock on moorland edge.
Anglesey, North Wales
Rough Shooting & Vermin Area - Angelsey (200 acres)
Located at Ty Hirion Farm, which offers good duck, geese and pheasant abounding the RSPCA protected area - Fox control is required. (200 Acres)
Hinton St Mary, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1LT
Deer Stalking Area - Dorset Sturminster Newton at Hinton St Mary's
Located in Sturminster Newton at Hinton St Mary's. We have 300 acres of good ground. Rough shooting is allowed in the season.
Bettws Gwerfil Goch, North Wales
Boundary Days at Bettws GG - Large Driven Shoot at Maerdy Corwen
Boundary days at Bettws GG. A welcome addition for a mix of club days out for groups of 4-6 guns on a private basis at £1850 a day. 40-50 pheasant and other mixed game including duck flight from November.
Large driven shoot at Maerdy Corwen
Sturminster Newton, Moorside, England
Hayes Farm, Moorside, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1HJ
Hayes Farm, Moorside, Sturminster Newton
Located at Hayes Farm in Moorside. We have installed three high seats so far. 250 acres with a 40-acre block across the local road. Safety is paramount here, hence the high seats. These are in fixed points for shooting in safe zones.
Sturminster Newton, Marnhull, England
Marnhull, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1HN
Deer Stalking Area - Lymburghs Farm Marnhull Dorset
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.
Venison belongs to you at no cost but please ensure a clean-up takes place if you Graloch on site.
Cwm Pennant, North Wales
Cwm Pennant, Garndolbenmaen, LL51 9AX
Rough shooting at Porthmaddoc - Cwm Pennant North Wales
Located at Porthmaddoc, we have over 300 acres of block mixed woodland. There is some wetland and re-planting of broadleaf trees. We have put 250 ex-lay pheasants on the ground to start a breeding population. These are central and in suitable spots which are visited all year round.
Pigeon shooting/Duck and geese in season.
Located in different Northampton areas. We have over 4000 acres of great crop land on the banks of the River Teme. You pay a fee per day and claim back 50% from the club.
Pigeon Shooting Area - Leicestershire Near Kirkby Mallory
30,000 plus acres for wood-pigeon over a vast variety of crops. Guide here for assistance is available at a cost per day which is subsidised. We pay £35 which you match on the day and claim back from HQ.
Walked Up Area - Northampton 2 Days
A good mixed day, mainly pheasant and grey partridge which makes a difference to red legs. £35 to pay for members, a cheap lovely day out.
Deer Stalking Near Manchester
Special deal annually for members - 5 Bucks allowed at £150 with 2 outings at am and pm. £80 per animal.
We will cover 50% of all costs incurred.
Duck and Geese Areas - UK Wide
Please ensure you are familiar with the respective rules and regulations of each of these wildfowling clubs. We need to ensure good relationships with them and you need to be a BASC-insured member to access most of these areas, we thank BASC for allowing us access. At all times please report back to us and let us know your bag for the day via a 100-word report. Note there may be restrictions on how many duck geese you may take as well as what and where you can shoot and can’t due to tides and weather severity. You may need to be accompanied by a club member.
How it works; you choose where you want your wildfowl experience, we will pick up part of your cost on receipt of proof of payment and we will reimburse you up to a maximum of £40.00 per season only. Unless stated otherwise.
Information on the BASC Wildfowling Scheme
Information on the General licences
Anglesey, North Wales
Walked Up Area - Angelsey Fantastic Ground With Top Duck Woodcock Snipe and Pheasant
4 days Allowed. 2 Free and 2 at £120 a day
3500 acres in Angelsey.
1 block area
2 - 250 acre areas
3 - 200 acre areas
4 - 270 acre areas
5 - 310 acre areas
6 - 300 acre areas
Walked members are given 2 free days and 2 subsidised (120) walked-up days we have, this is top woodcock and snipe ground a normal private day here is £285 a gun so its great value for members to access one of the best wild bird shoots in the UK for free and subsidised.
Maerdy, North Wales
Walked up Area and Rough Shoot Area - Maerdy / Llanfihangel GM North Wales
We have 1400 acres here on the edge of the Bettws GG. For the driven shoot they put 22,000 pheasants in the woods and we have an established arrangement with the owner and keeper so there are no hard feelings. Fantastic walked up grounds + 270 acres of rough book and go ground. We do 8 days walked up here freeing membership and if you are a deer stalk member there is no further cost, it is covered in your stalking fee - great added value.