Helbeck Estate. The shooting at High Helbeck includes some of the most challenging shooting in the country. Our fast grouse and high pheasants and partridges have made even the best shots go weak at the knees.
The special topography of the Helbeck Shoot and quality of the woods and habitat mean that it is ideally suited to offer a wide range of sporting opportunities. We can offer walked up and driven grouse from 12th August, wonderfully challenging partridges and duck from 1st September and pheasants from October onwards.
Our grouse days are particularly suited to those looking for modest but challenging days. The Helbeck game books are littered with entries of those that have shot their first grouse at Helbeck and every year a few more names are added to the list.
The “white ground” on the edge of the moor provides a perfect habitat for French or “red-legged” partridges. Most of our partridge shooting takes place in a deep valley which provides fantastically sporting birds. An average bag for a partridge day is 250 head although we can arrange both larger and smaller days as required.
The extensive number of ponds on the estate mean that we can offer dedicated duck days, although more often, our clients like to include a duck drive or two within a pheasant, partridge or grouse day. Our “high duck drives” are especially popular with clients looking for a real challenge.
The latter half of the year tends to focus on pheasants. The very varied topography on the estate means that we can offer a wide variety of birds to cater for all tastes and abilities. Our winter bags often include migratory woodcock which are frequent visitors to the Estate.
Most shoot days begin at the Hall with a welcoming cup of coffee and a briefing from the Head Keeper. We normally break for lunch at midday but arrangements can easily be made for clients wishing to “shoot through” in which case a midday cup of soup will normally be provided. In the summer and autumn lunch is served “on the hill” in a traditional stone field house. In the winter months the party returns to the Hall for lunch which is served in the old Billiard Room. The day ends with tea and cakes back at the Hall, an opportunity to discuss individual successes, sign the Visitors Book and tip the keepers.
We are very flexible in relation to both the kind of day that we can offer and the number of guns. We can cater for anything from a small walked up outside day to a 400 bird driven day that includes a bit of everything. Just let us know what you are after and we will do our best to match it.
"At High Helbeck we strive to bring together exceptional shooting, glorious country and seamless hospitality. Whilst many of our teams come back year after year we are always pleased to see new faces. Any suggestions as to what we can do better are always welcome." Ben Blackett-Ord. Owner.
Grouse shooting at Helbeck Shoot
At High Helbeck we have a small grouse moor which is ideal for teams looking to shoot between 50 and 70 brace (in a reasonable year).Typically a day will comprise four drives with a hot sit down lunch. Transport on the moor is a combination of 4 x 4 vehicles and Argo Cats, some walking is usually involved but if necessary this can be kept to a minimum with the hire of an additional Argo.
High Helbeck is a high moor with the highest point reaching just over 2000 ft. Almost all our driven grouse days are offered on a fixed price basis although we can offer overage and underage as an alternative to teams that prefer to pay that way. Lunch on our driven grouse days is served in our main lunch hut at Seavy Rigg.
In addition to driven grouse we offer walked up grouse shooting in August and September. We prefer to restrict these days to six or seven guns and charge by the brace. We also cater for those wishing to shoot grouse over pointers. Most of our walked up teams bring their own picnic lunch although we can provide a light field lunch if required.
Pheasant shooting at Helbeck Shoot
Our pheasant shooting starts in the middle of October with our larger days falling in November and December.
Typically we look to do 250 bird days but we are happy to do larger or smaller days if required. We can alter the format of our days to suit the level of experience and skill of the guns.
Partridge shooting at Helbeck Shoot
Our partridge shooting is perhaps what Helbeck is best known for. We drive the partridges over a deep valley which produces some very exciting and challenging shooting. Our partridge shooting starts in September and goes on until late November or early December. Most days aim for a bag of 200 to 250 head but we can do larger days if required. On our partridge days lunch is served in our main lunch hut at Seavy Rigg.
Mixed days & outside days
In addition to the types of day described elsewhere on this site we can offer a variety of mixed and outside days to suit particular needs. In particular:
Our grouse / partridge combination days in September are very popular, particularly with teams that are not experienced grouse shots but that are keen to give it a try.
In October and November everything is in season and we can offer either walked up or mini-driven “species” days. We have a number of ponds on the estate and are able to offer morning or evening duck flighting, which can be combined with a larger shoot day, or alternatively we can offer a dedicated wild fowling day.
If you have a particular requirement, just ask and we will see what we can do.
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