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Devon, United Kingdom
In an extremely pretty Devonshire setting, the Stuckeridge shoot offers a rich, dynamic variety of high-quality driven pheasant.
Steep woods of oak and Douglas fir flank the Iron Mill Stream that nearby joins the Exe and breaks are often held in the fishing hut by the tributary. In this beautiful setting across an old iron bridge, come great sweeps of soaring birds of the sort one truly equates with Exmoor. On other drives such as Ash Cross the guns are lined up through the bottom of the cleave and with the curve of a steep Devon rise above, pheasants glide high over the horizon.
Stuckeridges atmosphere is enhanced by the team of old friends that make up the loading, picking up and beating teams. This infectious enthusiasm and a fantastic all-round day will appeal to guns and their non-shooting guests alike.
Home of the Llewellyn family, lunch in the house enhances the relaxed and private feel of the day.
Getting to Devon by car is around 3hrs from London, but with very good access via the M5. Other options include via helicopter or charter jet into Exmoor.
Typically we will shoot a traditional 4 drive day, shooting both wooded drives and open valley drives. The lunch will be served in a woodland bothy, at Stuckeridge JC Le Grand offers more traditional shoot lunches with Roast chicken or Venison, perhaps slow cooked lamb, ham or hot pies, but also duck burgers and fried pheasant.
Wicked pudding such as treacle tart or apple strudel followed by chocolate fudge is too good to resist. Expect elevenses of barbequed duck burgers, scotch quails’ eggs, pheasant goujons, rabbit and venison rillettes from the converted Landrover.