It’s mid October and the pheasant-shooting season is a fond and fading memory, at least here in New Zealand. If you thought that meant the end of driven shooting until next May though, think again. Simulated game days provide all the fun of a real pheasant-shoot out of season but at a fraction of the cost. Simulated game shooting, as its name suggests, simulates a day out shooting game using specialised traps to throw flurries of clay targets which vary in height and spread.
The format is similar to that of a pheasant shoot, with four or five separate drives. Typically the shoot will start around 9 with a break mid morning and proceedings generally conclude around lunchtime. You can choose the number of targets you want to see, depending on how much shooting you want.
The sport has grown very quickly in England. It offers keen game shooters the opportunity to keep their eye in through summer as well as a social occasion with their shooting friends during the game closed season. It also means shooting in much better weather, with shorts and sunnies being the norm rather than tweeds and gumboots. Simulated game is very flexible and it is possible to simulate pheasant, grouse and partridge, all in one shoot. Not an easy feat on live game.
We will be running simulated game shoots throughout the summer at Hau Ora Clays so if you fancy dusting off your game gun and having a day out clay target shooting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021 680 053.