"Great excitement for a group or an individual, driven bird shooting is a hunting method that requires a well organised beating line and dogs to properly flush birds in range for the heart-pounding, patiently waiting shooters. An addictive sport, driven birds is a popular hunting method worldwide."
Stationary shooters looking high into the sky squint as a set of game birds, pheasants, race towards the heavens above. Shells fall to the ground in repeated fashion as the organized shooters fire like there's no tomorrow. The beloved hunting sport of driven birds originated in England but interest for this challenge is seen all over the world.
Driven birds requires a group effort and are ideal for families or group outings. We guarantee the high flying pheasant shooting days won't leave your hunting trip disappointed! Beaters release the caged birds, or bring them up out of the brush, after a spotter signals with a horn or whistle to “let 'em rip”. Trained dogs wait near the signaler, patient and excited for their turn to spring into action. Driven bird dogs retrieve any fallen quarry. Participants shoot typically one after another in a series of quick, rapid shots, like shooting down a plane in war, to take down the high-flying pheasants. Quick shooters will have their day's worth of rapid fire. Older, or beginner shooters will have a challenging and satisfying day out to field without the fuss of a long hunt. Anyone that has had a chance to try it agrees, driven birds is not a one-time experience but a lifelong interest.
Pheasant driven bird shooting is one of the most sought-after activities in the UK attracting hundreds of hunters from different parts of the world every season. There are many historical and well-known shooting estates in England and Scotland catering for high pheasant driven shooting day drives with a warm welcome, luxury accommodation and delicious food. Thereby luring the hunter to come and go for the exciting shooting again. Today driven birds shooting opportunities are found throughout the heartland of America's hunting lands and through many estates in Africa and beyond.
Pheasant hunting is not just limited to UK only but is scattered in many countries and found densely in the United States. South Dakota is well known for offering guided pheasant hunts on its five million acres of public hunting land. It is the easiest task for the hunter to discover guided hunting trips in any part of South Dakota. There are numerous outfitters catering for pheasant hunting trips on open high and vast plains. We recommend the hunter to stay at least a week and fill out the fifteen bird seasonal limit.
For driven birds you will need either a double barrel, over-under, single shot, pump action, semi-auto or side-by-side shotgun, depending on the birds and the shooter’s preference. 12, 16, 20, 28 or .410 gauge shotguns are typical for driven bird hunting.