Deer Stalking with the Hockham Deer Management Group

Whether you are a complete novice or experienced stalker Hockham Deer Management Group (HDMG) offers high quality, affordable deer stalking in some of the prime deer stalking areas of the UK.

The areas under HDMG management support large numbers of Red, Roe, Muntjac and Chinese Water Deer. Our strategy of selective culling ensures healthy, sustainable herds and so also provides quality trophy opportunities.

Deer Stalking - Norfolk

                                                         Deer Stalking – Norfolk

Through a structured management approach, aimed at keeping deer damage within acceptable levels, HDMG ensure long-term opportunities for UK and overseas stalkers without compromising tree and crop protection.

We have a DSC2 Approved Witness on the team and offer not only DSC Level 2 Witnessed Stalks but also training stalks in preparation for DSC2.

Red, Roe & Muntjac Stalking – Norfolk

HDMG offers prime Red, Roe & Muntjac stalking in the Thetford Forest area of Norfolk, with land covering several thousand acres over 6 estates. Thetford Forest houses some of the largest wild Red Deer in the UK. With large populations of all three species there really is something for everyone.  

Red Deer Stalking

                                                               Red Stag stalking

Muntjac Stalking

                                                                 Muntjac stalking

Roe Deer Stalking

                                                                Roe Buck stalking

CWD Stalking – Buckinghamshire

Set in the heart of Chinese Water Deer country, Hockham Deer Management Groups land supports good numbers of quality CWD.

Chinese Water Deer Stalking

                                                         Chinese Water Deer stalking

Sika Stalking – Dorset

The Poole Basin area of Dorset holds one of the largest populations of Sika deer in the UK with some of the finest trophy heads. The land is a fine mixture of heathland, arable land and woodland.

Sika Stalking

                                                         Sika Stag stalking

Fish Pie – Courtesy of Jamie Oliver

Fish Pie

Fish Pie

Topped with lovely mash and packed with extra veg

Serves 4-6
1h 10m
Super easy
Method

This is a fantastically simple fish pie which doesn’t involve poaching the fish or making a tedious white sauce. Loads of good, fragrant veg are added quickly by grating them in. You can use whatever fish you like, making this as luxurious as you want it to be. If you like your fish pie to be creamy, feel free to add a few tablespoons of crème fraîche to the fish. PS Some of the supermarkets now offer lovely packs of different fish and shellfish for using in fish pies. Keep a look-out, and if you buy one you want it to be about 700–750g in weight for this recipe.

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6 and bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Peel the potatoes and cut into 2cm chunks. Once the water is boiling, add your potatoes and cook for around 12 minutes, until soft (you can stick your knife into them to check).

Meanwhile, get yourself a deep baking tray or earthenware dish and stand a box grater in it. Peel the carrot. Grate the celery, carrot and Cheddar on the coarse side of the grater. Use the fine side of the grater to grate the zest from the lemon. Finely grate or chop your chilli. Finely chop the parsley leaves and stalks and add these to the tray.

Cut the salmon and smoked haddock into bite-size chunks and add to the tray with the prawns. Squeeze over the juice from the zested lemon (no pips please!), drizzle with olive oil and add a good pinch of salt and pepper. If you want to add any spinach or tomatoes, do it now. Mix everything together really well.

By now your potatoes should be cooked, so drain them in a colander and return them to the pan. Drizzle with a couple of good lugs of olive oil and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Mash until nice and smooth, then spread evenly over the top of the fish and grated veg. Place in the preheated oven for around 40 minutes, or until cooked through, crispy and golden on top. Serve piping hot with tomato ketchup, baked beans, steamed veg or a lovely green salad

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:
  • Calories 557
  • Carbs 42.2g
  • Sugar 5.0g
  • Fat 22.0g
  • Saturates 9.0g
  • Protein 49.0g
Of an adult’s reference intake.

Simulated Driven Game Shooting – Photos Courtesy of Lens & Hound

Simulated Driven Game Shooting is becoming an increasingly popular sport in the UK with not only experienced game and sporting clay shooters but also for team building and corporate days, charity funds raisers and for social events such as stag and hens parties.

Sim Days are designed to be enjoyable with lots of competition and banter between the Guns without firearm safety ever being compromised. Guns will normally shoot 4-6 drives and have a delicious picnic or pub lunch included in the price.

Usually 4000 – 5000 clays will be put over the Guns in a manner so as to simulate driven partridge skimming over hedges, towering pheasants and the occasional springing teal. On some of the premium sim shoots grouse shooting is also conducted from dug in butts.

Novelties such as exploding clays, ground targets simulating running rabbits and hares and aerial drones are also available on some shoots. An experienced Gun can expect to shoot upwards of 600 cartridges on a well run Sim Day.

If you have not yet shot a Sim Day, do yourself a favour and book one today with a group of friends.

Shooting – A Season of Discovery by The Duchess of Rutland

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Shooting: A Season of Discovery – The Duchess of Rutland 2012 – First Edition Being married to the Duke of Rutland, Emma the Duchess of Rutland has for many years fulfilled the role of co-host at their famous pheasant and partridge shoots at Belvoir (pronounced Beaver) Castle in Leicestershire, central England. As such the Duchess thought she had a reasonably good understanding of British shooting but having taken the time to converse with as many people involved in the sport as possible – Conservationists, Gamekeepers, Guns, Loaders, Beaters, Pickers Up and game bird suppliers to name but a few – she found her knowledge wanting in detail in most areas. Her journey around the UK to rectify these deficiencies gave rise to this very informative and well presented book co-authored by Jane Pruden, a freelance writer specialising in British country life, field sports, heritage and food.

The combined talents of Ms Pruden and the Duchess provide the reader with an excellent written and photographic insight into the various elements of shooting in the UK including the long and colourful history of the Belvoir Castle shoot and the Duke and Duchess’s time there as custodians of this famous English landmark.

Essays covering the raring, shoot day presentation and shooting tips for the major British game birds the grouse, partridge, pheasant, duck and geese, snipe and woodcock and pigeons from various locations around the UK are easy reading and educational.

The quality photos peppered liberally throughout the book provide further explanation and example of the Duchess’s “season of shooting discovery”.

The book is nicely rounded off with the inclusion of some tasty game based recipes (including helpful end product photos) from celebrated chef Mike Robinson and a short summary of the new projects Belvoir Castle are undertaking to keep the Estate a going concern in today’s tough financial times including the development of an Estate shop and a traditional English style shotgun they would market as the “Rutland”.

The Duke and the Duchess are strong supporters of the British country lifestyle and the expanding conservation efforts that are being undertaken by Government, NGOs, clubs and associations and private citizens across the British Isles to ensure that lifestyle can continue for generations to come. That message comes through loud and clear in this book.

A welcome addition to most libraries and coffee tables.

Raynham Hall Partridge Shoot Norfolk

Raynham Hall is a country house in NorfolkEngland. For nearly 400 years it has been the seat of the Townshend family. The hall gave its name to the five estate villages, known as The Raynhams, and is reported to be haunted, providing the scene for possibly the most famous ghost photo of all time, the famous Brown Lady descending the staircase. However, the ghost has been seen infrequently since the photo was taken. Its most famous resident was Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend (1674–1738), leader in the House of Lords. (Wikipedia)

Raynham Hall shoot is 6 miles from Fakenham, and covers 7000 acres of scenic traditional Norfolk Country side.

They have nearly 40 named and varied drives, from cover crop to woodland, of which 6 are chosen for each let day according to weather and wind direction on the day. Raynham provides excellent driven partridge and pheasant with bags of 200 to 400 birds and does not charge overages.

Morning tea & coffee and afternoon tea are provided.

Shoot lunch is provided by professional caterers at extra cost in the comfortable surroundings of the Old Estate Office.

Shooting dates from 1 Sep to Jan 31 are very flexible but the Estate only caters for full teams of 8-10 Guns.