Your chance to win this great book!

Year on the Moor

British Country Sports in conjunction with Quiller Publishing are offering this magnificent publication by British field sports personality and author, Mr. Tarquin Millington-Drake as the prize in our inaugural book give-away.

To enter, send your answer to the following question to A Year On The Moor providing as well as the answer, your name and a contact telephone number.

International followers and readers are most welcome to participate. The competition now closes at midnight British Summer Time on Saturday 8 July 2017. The lucky winner will be announced on Monday 10 July 2017.

Question: By what traditional nickname is the opening day of the British grouse season on 12th of August each year, commonly known as?

Deer – Artists’ Impression Review

Deer Impressions

“Deer – Artists’ Impressions”, Quiller, UK, 2013

The authors of this rather uniquely styled book published back in 2013 to celebrate 50 Years of The British Deer Society (BDS) are the sporting artists Ashley Boon, Ben Hoskyns, Ian MacGillivray, Rodger McPhail, Martin Ridley, Jonathan Salisbury, Keith Sykes and Owen Williams. HRH The Prince of Wales, Patron of the BDS for almost the last 40 years and a true lover of deer in the British countryside, obligingly wrote the Foreword. Continue reading

Kentchurch Court Estate – a Welsh gem

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Kentchurch Court Estate is a 5,000 acre estate, where sporting enthusiasts have enjoyed driven pheasant and partridge shooting for nearly four decades.

Situated in the Monnow Valley, on the Herefordshire/Monmouthshire border, the topography of the estate, with rolling countryside and traditional mature woodland, lends itself to presenting some of the highest birds in the region, guaranteed to challenge even the most discerning shots.

There are already a number of superb drives, The Orchard, Castle, The Elms and Horse’s Head to name just four, where the grounds fantastic topography lends itself to producing top quality sport.

The normal daily bag is between 150 and 250 birds, smaller days may be available later on in the season or tailor made days can be arranged. Both pheasant and partridge are released with the occasional wild duck.

The day will normally consist of four drives, with a mid-morning field snack taken after the first two drives, followed by a further two drives.

There will then be plenty of time to enjoy the hospitality of the Court at the end of the day, when the Guns will be having lunch in the majestic dining room with its roaring fires, surrounded by family paintings and Grinling Gibbon carvings.


Alongside high quality shooting, the Guns can enjoy staying at Kentchurch Court; the ancestral home of the Lucas-Scudamore family since the 14th Century. The Court offers a unique setting for entertaining shoot parties, set in a stunning parkland setting, it can accommodate a team of guns either before or after a day’s shooting.

Some Guns prefer to have breakfast and coffee on arrival, whilst others prefer to stay the night before.

Guns can enjoy a relaxed evening with all of the food locally sourced; the vegetables from the Estate garden, and venison from the Deer Park.

There is also the option of a number of excellent local hotels that are happy to cater for shooting parties and dogs.

Arrangements can also be made for anyone wishing to arrive by helicopter. Loaders or instructors can easily be provided if required.

Kentchurch Court is approximately 15 miles from the end of the M50 motorway which gives access to the M5 north and south. It is approximately 12 miles from the A40 giving access to the M4 at Newport to Bristol and Cardiff.



Grouse Shooting 2017 Season

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The 2017 British Grouse shooting season will open as it does every year on 12 August – better known to field sports enthusiasts as “The Glorious Twelfth”.

In late Victorian and Edwardian times, early August would see a migration of wealthy households (including all the staff and dogs) by train up to Northern England and Scotland in preparation for opening day.  While the shooting was important, so was the associated socialising; grand shoot dinners and lunches and the occasional ball to round out the grouse shooting expedition experience.  Continue reading