GAME SHOOTING – When Autumn arrives the character of the countryside surrounding Boreat Manor nestled high in the Devonshire Dales changes, the fishermen depart and the shooting parties arrive with spaniels and labradors for the shooting season (1st October to 1st February here in the UK). The fires burn bright in the drawing room and sitting room in the old farmhouse and the talk is all about woodcock, pheasant, snipe and black grouse. The guns are safely locked in the secure gun cabinets, muddy boots and wet coats are drying in the boiler room and the dogs have been fed and water and are snug and secure in stables near the house. Your group may have chosen to employ the services of an in-house chef to prepare your evening meals or opted for meals fresh from the freezer that just need minutes to reheat and are ready to serve. Nothing is too much trouble and we aim to make you stay comfortable and memorable.
Boreat Manor is fortunate to be surround by some of the best rough shooting in Devon with high birds and rolling hills. Details of local shoots in North Devon can be found and booked through GunsOnPegs and there are plenty of venues to book but you must book early in the year. As well as rough shooting there are a number of driven 60-200 bird shoots and you must have BASC or similar membership.
CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING – If you want to try your hand at Clay Pigeon Shooting there are plenty of local schools who cater for the complete beginner to the most experienced. Prices range from £27 for 50 clays or £55 to include tuition, gun hire and ammunition. As well as groups single days can also be arrange for 6 guns and over.
North Devon Shooting School – Clay shooting for experienced groups and individuals – Tuition for novices – “Have a go” sessions – Tuition for the game shooter – Fun shoots for stag/hen parties www.northdevonshootingground.co.uk Address:
South West Shooting School – Clay Shooting venue for Corporate Days, Groups and Clubs, catering for complete beginners and experienced individuals. www.southwestshooting.co.uk Address: Ettiford Farm, Nr Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 9RG – Tel: 01271 864784.
Ashpark Farm Shooting School – A small shooting school between Exmoor and South Molton specialising in one to one tuition for beginners and novices, small family groups and private parties of up to 25 shooters. www.ashparkfarm.co.uk Address: Nadrid Cross, South Molton, North Devon. EX36 3EJ – Tel: 01598 740165.