Whitfield Sporting is blessed with 15,000 acres of very sporting terrain. Set in the beautiful South West Northumberland countryside, Whitfield Estate is widely considered to offer some of the finest grouse, partridge and pheasant game shooting in the UK. Whitfield is considered by many to come close to the ideal of an English sporting estate.
Our mission statement is in our name and can be summed up in one word: ‘sporting’!
Unlike some game shoots we do not consider the day is about shooting as big a bag of birds as possible. Instead we believe it is about memorable birds, those shots you remember for years to come, great company and a thoroughly good lunch.
Head keeper Stuart Maughan is renowned for his ability to show a steady stream of very testing birds to the guns. Most of our days are around 250-300 birds (although we can do more), But because the shooting is so testing you can have more shooting and more fun on a 250 bird day at Whitfield Estate than on a 500 bird day elsewhere – at around half the cost. That has to make sense! We believe a shoot is only as good as the next day it puts on. The vast majority of our bookings are repeat and it is word of mouth and good references not advertising alone, that fills the balance of the days at Whitfield Sporting.
Grouse shooting at Whitfield Estate
Whitfield grouse moor is circa 6,500 acres with effectively two and a half beats: in a good year we will shoot three days a week early in the season otherwise we will shoot two. Back to back days can be offered.
In very good years (e.g. 2001, 2004) the moor can shoot over 3,000 brace, with some individual days in excess of 200-300 brace. In 2017 4,000 brace were shot. Most days early in the season will be let for 200 plus brace with days of 150 and 100 brace as the season progresses.
The moor is butted for a team of up to 10 guns. Most lines of butts are sunk and the majority have been renewed in recent years. Teams usually shoot with double guns and loaders.
Partridge shooting at Whitfield Sporting
High bird Partridge shooting at Whitfield starts on 1st September and dedicated partridge days are generally available until the end of November, after which partridge drives tend to be amalgamated into mixed days with pheasant drives.
The majority of our partridge shooting is over moorland valleys on the edge of the moor with the birds being driven out of a wide area of rough grass/rushes/bracken.
In recent years Whitfield has gained an excellent reputation for its partridge shooting, and some of the partridge drives such as Lord’s Rigg, Morley Hill, Square Hope, Foxhole and Ouston Fell rival the legendary pheasant drives further down in the valley for height and ammunition wasted! For partridge days we can accommodate a team of 8 to 10 guns and can shoot single or double guns as the team prefers.
Pheasant shooting at Whitfield Estate
The topography at Whitfield is ideally suited for pheasant shooting. The Estate straddles both sides of a deep and narrow valley, ending at its northern most end in the Allen Valley gorge. This is where some of the highest and most renowned drives are situated.
With over a thousand acres of woodland, mainly in smallish blocks and ranging from riverbed stands to shelter belts on the edge of the fell we can offer an unrivalled selection of shooting experiences, from the classic high pheasant drive in the valley bottom to something much windier and more adrenaline-fuelled on the edge of the moor.
Whilst drives such as ER2, Craghead, Kingswood Rock, Monk Bank and Crook Bridge compare with the very best that the West Country has to offer, pheasant shooting at Whitfield is not only about stratospheric pheasants. We offer 3 different types of day – Economy, Classic, and Extreme.
Rough at Whitfield Estate
Whilst Whitfield is best known for its classic driven days - whether grouse partridge or pheasant - we always think some of the most enjoyable and memorable days here can be had rough shooting.
Accommodation for shoots at Whitfield Estate
The shoot meets each day 9:00am to depart at 9.15am from the Elks Head, Whitfield.
Owned and managed by the Whitfield Estate, we provide lunches for all the Whitfield Shoot days as well as providing accommodation for teams taking days from further afield.
The Elk’s Head has ten smart and comfortable bedrooms each with its own en suite, dedicated shower room or bathroom.
We have a small private dining room available, or you can dine in ourpurpose built dining room looking out over the West Allen River and Blue Back Bridge.
The Elk’s Head is managed by Phil and Alison Johnston for the Estate. Phil is in charge of the kitchen and has established a fine reputation for his food locally and amongst visiting teams. We also have of course a good and varied wine list. Because we look after so many shooting teams, we know what people want. We are dog friendly, we have drying facilities if you get drenched, lashings of hot water, a secure room for gun storage and very comfortable beds! The perfect place to relax!
Your host at Whitfield Sporting: Stuart Maughan, Headkeeper. Whilst Whitfield is best known for its classic driven days - whether grouse partridge or pheasant - we always think some of the most enjoyable and memorable days here can be had rough shooting. Due to the large number of driven days, there is always plenty of game about, with a great mix of pheasants and partridge as well as duck, snipe, woodcock, rabbits and hares. There is a minimum of 30 head of game for walked up days (rabbits are free). There is no maximum or minimum number of guns. Given a favourable wind, some spectacular shooting can be enjoyed at very little cost. Walked up days would normally be accompanied by one keeper. Pickers up or extra dog men can be organised at extra cost. Whitfield is known for its fine autumn colours, and they provide a stunning backdrop to a day’s walked-up shooting on the hill.
Game shooting at Whitfield Sporting: With some 15,000 acres of very sporting terrain to choose from, we are able to offer great sport throughout the shooting season, with grouse, partridge and pheasant shooting of the highest quality, as well as mixed days and rough days too. Not only can Whitfield provide some of the finest shooting in the country, it does so in very beautiful and completely unspoilt surroundings. The estate is located in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and situated around the West Allen Valley, sometimes known as “Little Switzerland” for its dramatic scenery. The estate is also noted for its fine trees. Click here for quick country guide.
A typical game shooting trip at Whitfield Sporting: The shoot meets each day circa 9am to move off 9.15am from the Elks Head, Whitfield. Owned and managed by the Estate, we provide lunches for all the Whitfield Shoot days as well as providing accommodation for teams taking days from further afield. For information, please contact the host.
Accommodation at Whitfield Sporting: Owned and managed by the Estate, we provide lunches for all the Whitfield Shoot days as well as providing accommodation for teams taking days from further afield. The Elk’s Head is managed by Phil and Alison Johnston for the Estate. To select and book the top suggested hotels and accomodation in the area when shooting at Whitfield Sporting click here.
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