10/8/2017

Guest blog by Brian P. Martin: can you help identify the Great Shoots?

The Great ShootsI am writing a third edition of my book “The Great Shoots – Britain’s Best Past and Present”, published by Quiller, and would be grateful for a little help.

The book has been in print since 1987 and was revised in 2007, but 10 seasons further on another revision is necessary and I am looking to include more pheasant, partridge and grouse shoots in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. As well as the main gamebirds I am also interested in woodcock, duck, hare and rabbit, especially where they have featured in outstanding mixed shoots.

Therefore if anyone would like to propose any gameshoot  – past and present - which they regard as having been consistently outstanding for its sport, and perhaps also for a combination of atmosphere, management, surroundings, nature conservation or anything very unusual or exceptional, then I would be pleased to hear as soon as possible.

Many of the shoots I have included in the past are very well known both within and outside the shooting community as they are on famous estates such as Sandringham, Highclere, Holkham and Luton Hoo. Others are highly acclaimed by sportsmen but less well-known to the general public, including commercial shoots such as Gurston Down.

Some have the benefit of beautiful, ancient parkland while others are miles from anywhere on the wildest moors. A few are notable for various shooting records and legendary Shots, and others are associated with eccentric or famous guests, not least the Royal Family.

Shoots with unusual traditions are also of interest, whether it’s a fine for shooting a particular bird, the way pegs are drawn or odd things eaten or drunk at lunch. I would also like to see particularly interesting old or unusual gamebooks, personal shooting diaries and old shoot paintings and photographs, and would be happy to visit by appointment.

I can be emailed at brianphilipmartin@yahoo.co.uk or you can call 07773112101.

Thank you.

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