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Downton Estate extends to about 5,000 acres and is located in the spectacular, wooded and hilly countryside of the Shropshire, Herefordshire borders, close to the Welsh Marches. As long as anyone can remember there have been pheasants at Downton. However, it was not until 1988 that the current shoot was developed and the international reputation for some of the finest, high pheasants in the country. A day’s shooting at Downton is a day to remember, the shooting is challenging even for the most experienced gun.
The central feature of the shoot is the classical Downton Gorge, where guns stand on the banks of the rushing River Teme, below sheer 30m high cliffs with woods above over which the pheasants fly. A feature of the Downton Shoot is the consistently high quality throughout the day's shooting. The high fast birds presenting a challenge even for the most experienced guns. It is this challenge set in spectacular countryside that keeps many parties of guns returning year after year. From being greeted at the Shooting Lodge at the beginning of the day to the presentation of oven ready birds at the end of the shoot, the quality remains the same with attention to detail to ensure that all guns are in the shooting on every drive.
Either by Road via the M5 and Kidderminster or flying into Birmingham and transferring from there. A lot of teams also fly in via helicopter which can be arranged in advance.
Meeting at the stunning shoot lodge on the estate, typically 4 drives out on the estate seeing a huge variety of drives, followed by late lunch back at the lodge. The estate is blessed with both drives on the river and open valleys out towards the top of the estate.