Driven Shooting at Grimston Park Near Tadcaster

With our new focus on supplying made to measure suits for gamekeepers and private guns, it is my intention to visit as many shoots as possible where we are already supplying in order to learn more of what is required from the clothing in the conditions prevailing along with offering interesting articles to you our readers. With this in mind I would like to offer many thanks to Liam French the head keeper at Grimston Park in Yorkshire for an invite to spend a day on a 200 bird shoot and take a few photos whilst enjoying the activity going on around me.

Not being able to shoot myself, due to permanent sight damage from a stroke in my thirties has meant these days have been few a far between, but having enjoyed this one so much I will be sure to do many more.

The weather could not have been better for me with a fabulous clear blue sky and surprisingly warm sun. It felt more like Apres Ski afternoon weather in the Italian Dolomites rather than a January day in Yorkshire! The downside for the guns was that these were not good shooting conditions with the strong low sun. From my inexperienced eyes the drives seemed to go well with a great variety of angles and heights ensuring good sport all round. There was certainly no problem in providing the bird numbers on offer.

It was very interesting to watch the skill of the Gamekeeper moving birds around using the beaters to restock an area  ensuring a worthwhile drive . And of course the guns were well looked after with drinks and quality nibbles to keep the energy levels up. For much of the day I was lucky enough to spend time with the pickers up, who were sweeping round the outer areas of each drive to ensure all the game was collected in order that it would find its way into the food chain. The dogs were a pleasure to watch going about their instinctive business but with the help of superb training from their proud owners. The only down side to a great day out was having to avoid the pub afterwards due to being on the Dry January challenge.