With the shooting season in full swing, we are busy at Hau Ora Clays with pheasant shooting teams coming through for a warm up on our simulated game targets, before going out for the real thing. Shooting driven pheasants is a wonderful day out, but quite an investment for most of us. I was delighted to discover last season that you can enjoy the whole experience, except for actually pulling the trigger, for free.
The focus of the day is shooting the birds, but the beaters play a very important part in moving them to the right point and making sure they fly over the guns. A team of five to ten beaters is under the control of the gamekeeper who directs operations and runs each drive. The beater’s job is to move quietly through the cover and gently move the birds towards the guns, ideally flushing a few at a time.
I was a regular beater last season on the Hawke’s Bay shoots at Tuna Nui and Whana Whana and thoroughly enjoyed spending a day out in the countryside with a group of like-minded people who were all great company. It’s a wonderful experienc and you even get lunch included. If you’re interested in finding out what beating is all about, drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively if you fancy finding out what it is like down at the business end with the guns, but don’t want to invest in a full day’s driven pheasant shooting, ask about our simulated game days.