Partridges are medium-sized non-migratory birds, intermediate between the larger Pheasants and the smaller Quail, with a wide native distribution throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. Species like the Grey and Red-Legged Partridge are extremely popular amongst travelling guns, and this has seen them being introduced into large areas of North America. The birds have thrived, especially in Spain and Portugal in Europe. Given their proximity to North Africa, the landscape and climate are dry and hot, making it ideal for the Partridges breeding and development.
The most popular and abundant is probably the Red-Legged Partridge. This pretty little bird is sandy brown in colouration with black and brown barring down its wings. It also features a ‘black necklace’ which refers to the dark band around its neck. They grow around 30cm to 35cm, with a wingspan of 47cm to 50cm and weigh anywhere between 18oz and 20oz.
Partridge shooting is one of the most exciting and exhilarating of game bird pursuits. With its deceiving wing beat, the ability to fly up to speeds of 35 miles per hour, and its exceptional skill in hugging the landscape, the Partridge is a very challenging quarry to shoot. In some cases, the Partridges will present themselves at high altitude, the next close to the ground, others bursting the gate, always finding ways to test the attention and speed of the hunter.
Below are the top destinations in the world for Partridge Shooting.
If you're in pursuit of excellence then look no further. At El Despeñadero Dario and his team stop at nothing to give you the best shooting experience of a lifetime. With a combination of wild and reared birds, they come a plenty. The shooting is truly sensational, an experience not to be missed.
Come and enjoy the delights of what João and his family are so passionate about, where their impeccable service, attention to detail and sensational Red-Legged Partridge shooting goes hand in hand at the luxurious and prestigious estate of Vale Do Manantio. Without a doubt one of the finest shooting resorts in all of Portugal.
The Lomas de Fuensauco Estate in Spain offers breathtaking landscape, combined with some of the most sensational driven partridge shooting available in the country. You will experience shooting like you've never experienced before, with a variety of fast, high flying birds combined with an array of wonderful services.
Cenicientos in Spain is the hub for both sensational home-reared red-legged partridge shooting and delectable Spanish cuisine where the host believes that 50% of the experience comes from sharing the wealth of good food and wine. With this tour, you will combine and experience the absolute best of both worlds.
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"This is our first time shooting at El Despeñadero. We did two days in a row and have to say the shoot was excellent, far exceeding my expectations. Thank you boys for your excellent hospitality. Looking forward joining you next season."
"I have shot at Cenicientos for the past 4 years. Each year the drives get more exciting and the food more delicious. Javiers attention to detail makes each trip very special. I look forward to enjoying many more days at Cenicientos."
"Can't wait for more. February comes soon please!! Very serious birds as always and no words for your fantastic hospitality. One more time a big pleasure to shoot at El Despeñadero."