Partridge shooting guide
We all look forward to the start of the season and the 1st September is something very special. There is of course few greater sporting pleasures than a day on a beautiful estate in the British countryside.
Partridges are notoriously unpredictable and it takes a huge effort from an experienced keeper and his team to produce a good show of birds over the guns. Partridges will have a tendency to either fly out in ones and twos or large coveys in which will challenge the guns and their ability to lock onto that one bird.
Range doesn’t have to be excessive and Partridges will have you on your toes at the best of times with their landscape hugging characteristics. With close comparison and similar flying technique to that of the Grouse they can be shot in the same way, out in front which is more instinctive and natural. It’s nice to think that bags do not have to be massive for maximum enjoyment. It’s just having the correct attitude for the day in order to make the most out of the spectacular shooting.
If we are talking cartridges, we all look forward to early days on the Partridge at the start of the season in September and October. However, at this time these plucky little rockets don’t really require more than a 28-30g 6 shot. Unless of course you have had the pleasure of an invite to the more hilly areas where you would most probably be best going up to a 5 shot. Regarding chokes, you will be most comfortable shooting quarter and half or even a little more open at cylinder if you so wish through a 12 gauge.
How you ask is the best way of tackling a good driven Partridge? You will find Partridges are a very misleading bird due to their rapid wing beat and smaller size, which often leads to misjudgement an overshooting. They are a fast-flying bird but not as fast as a Pheasant you may well be used to swinging through. A Partridge usually flies around 30 mph and a Pheasant about 35mph. As much as they are a deceptive bird, they are often needed to be shot instinctively and as naturally possible, taken early to avoid misunderstanding on line and lead.