The shoot is set in magnificent countryside in the South Canterbury foothills. The birds are shown from a mixture of specially planted game cover and existing hard and soft woods over steep contours which produce good, high, curling pheasants.
We released 5000 pheasants for the 2018 winter shoot programme.
The shoot is managed by John Brownlie, a Gamekeeper from Scotland with 45 years experience. John managed the Dorset Downs Shoot for four years and before that was Gamekeeper of the Kinveachy Estate, Aviemore, Scotland.
Experienced beaters and dog handlers come from all over the South Island to help run the shoot.
The shoot begins at 9:00 am with morning tea at the Craigmore Stables.
There are three drives in the morning. The guns sit down to a hearty lunch in the historic Craigmore dining room whilst the beaters have lunch provided for them in the stables.
The pheasants are driven from four acres of mixed macracapa, larch and pine over an incline toward the wood above the Homestead. Shooting is evenly spread throughout the line.
Birds are driven out of game crop and established towering macracapa wind break. Guns are positioned far below amidst towering limestone outcrops.
Set above the homestead amongst old Douglas firs and natives, the birds are driven across and down the hill towards the river.
The pheasants are driven off a high bank out of game crop back to an Arboretum containing the Release pen. These birds will be particularly challenging even for the most experienced shots.
Mini Driven Shooting
We can also offer informal pheasant shooting for groups of 5 – 8 guns around the fringes of the main drives.
There are various options available for accommodation from the Craigmore Homestead which can be fully catered if required, or the luxurious nearby Holme Station www.holmestation.co.nz or nearby in Timaru.
Gamekeeper: John Brownlie
Tel (03) 612 9960
Mobile 027 612 9960