The club owns a woodland area in which it releases pheasants for the purpose of selling shoots to raise money for land purchase.
The wood is a long thin area and we slowly beat it from one end to the other with up to 4 guns walking on each side. It takes nearly 2 hours to complete.
In the 2014/15 season we had an additional area where we could shoot game and held three shoots getting between 30 and 40 pheasants on each along with some woodcock. One gun commented that it had been a long time since he had been presented by birds like that.
In the 2015/16 season we held four shoots, the first giving very sporting birds in a high wind which provided challenging shooting and netted a bag of 38 between 6 guns. The second again with 6 guns and a good wind again yielded 57 pheasants, 2 teal and 1 woodcock. The next shoot started by taking 6 guns out in our boats on the broad for a morning flight followed by the pheasant drive in the wood and finishing the day with an evening flight on one of our marshes. A greylay was bagged in the morning and a lot of widgeon along with teal and mallard seen but out of range. The drive yielded a bag of 30 pheasant, 2 teal and one woodcock. The last shoot had less wind but netted a bag of 25 pheasant, 1 partridge, 1 mallard, 1 pigeon and a chinese water deer that was struggling to walk was cornered and despatched. All guns again enjoyed their shooting many having returned after last year.
The 2016/17 season had four shoots with 60 head being bagged on the first and second with lower numbers on the latter.
The 2017/18 season had 5 shoots planned but the first had no takers. The 2nd yielded 55 head, the 3rd 58 head, the 4th 38 head and the final one was for the beaters/pickers and yielded 28 pheasant, 1 mallard and 1 woodcock..
In the 2018/19 season we have had 2 shoots the first being 2 mallard, 2 teal and 34 pheasants. The 2nd produced 1 pigeon, 1 jay, 1 gadwall plus 44 pheasants.