FALL FOLIAGE ANNUAL SHOOT
TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2019
The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and scones followed by a 1000 clay driven style flurry. After everyone is limbered up, you will draw one of the 12 pegs for the English style Continental Shoot. Pheasant Ridge has 12 shooting pegs set in a large and slightly irregular circle laid out on a wooded hillside from which a minimum of 150 pheasants will be released. The birds are launched from the center of the circle. The Master of the Hunt and the "bird boys" accompany the hunters in the field. The pegs are in the trees or brush so that you cannot see the birds being released--they appear by surprise and of course the angles and speeds vary, so the shooting can be challenging. At each blast of the gamekeeper's horn, the Guns move to their next assigned peg. By the end, each Gun has shot from each peg, to ensure that everyone gets more or less the same opportunities.
Fallen birds are picked up by the Dogs for All Seasons Retriever Club. Members and their dogs, mostly Labs, are stationed on the circle between pegs and retrieve pheasants as they fall. Birds are divided among those participating in the hunt and you may take them in full feather, breasted or smoked at a local smokehouse and mailed to your home for a nominal fee. After the shoot, which ends by about 1:30 p.m., you will sit down in the clubhouse for a Barbecue lunch with all the trimmings.
The hunt fee is $675 which includes a guest for lunch. Some of our Guns dress a bit for these shoots, with traditional tweeds and breeks, but that's optional. Others prefer simple club style shooting clothing, which is appropriate as well.
Certain Club Rules and Regulations apply. A current hunter's license is NOT required.
Please contact Virginia Mallon 518 692 9459. The Master of the Hunt this year will be Silvio Calabi, Editor at Large, Shooting Sportsman magazine. An optional dinner is planned for Saturday evening. All hunters and their guest are invited to the Pheasant Ridge Manor house on Friday evening for a welcome reception.