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Walked-up shooting is a type of hunting that involves walking through an area and shooting game as it is flushed out by beaters. This method of hunting is typically more commercialized than others, and usually requires a team of 4-8 hunters, accompanied by the gamekeeper and a few beaters with dogs.

In addition to walking through hedgerows, small woods, and rough ground, the team will often walk through game crops that have been specifically planted to give cover to game in managed areas. These days are slightly more formal and organized than a rough day, but they can still be very enjoyable and productive. Walked-up shooting is an excellent way to flush out game and get some practice in before the main hunting season begins.

Walked-up shooting is an incredibly popular form of shooting, and there are many different ways to approach it. Traditional walked-up shooting involves a team of guns walking in a parallel line and shooting game as it flushes from cover in front of the line. This can be an exciting and challenging way to hunt, as it requires quick reflexes and good aim. Another option is to shoot over dogs.

This involves the team of guns walking the ground with the dog, which causes the game to flush. This can be a great option for those who want to have a little more control over the hunt, as it allows you to direct the dog to where you think the game is most likely to flush. No matter what your shooting style, walked-up shooting is a great way to challenge yourself and enjoy the outdoors.

Walked-up shooting is a fantastic way to spend a day outdoors. Not only do you get to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery, but you also have the opportunity to bag a variety of different game. Mixed species days are particularly popular, as they offer the challenge of shooting a specific number of different animals in different habitats.

This can be a great test of your shooting skills, as you will need to be able to adapt to a variety of different situations. If you are looking for a truly rewarding experience, then a walked-up shooting is definitely for you.

 

Benefits of Walked-Up Shooting

Here are some of the many benefits that you get from walked-up 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.

Pheasant

October 1st 2022 - February 1st 2023

Northern Ireland - Oct - Jan 31

Isle of Man - Oct 1 - Jan 31

Grey Partridge

September 1st 2022 - February 1st 2023

Northern Ireland - Oct 1 – Jan 31

Isle of Man - Protected (ban in force)

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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Eilean Iarmain, Isleornsay, Isle of Skye, Scotland

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The area is located just off the A851, 9 miles south of Broadford and 7 miles north of Armadale. 

Land acreage: 22,000

 

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Northampton, England

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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.

 

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Anglesey, North Wales

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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.

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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.

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Maerdy, North Wales

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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.

 

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