OPEN HUNTING EVENTS
The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with coffee, tea, and scones and a 1000 clay driven style flurry. After everyone is limbered up, you will draw one of the 12 pegs for the 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 (by hand) 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 equally divided among the hunters 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 Pig Roast or Barbecue 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 for the dates of these shoots.. Also let us know if you will need hotel accommodations. Spa and shopping tours to Lake George, Saratoga Springs or Manchester, in nearby Vermont, can also be arranged.
The proprietor of Pheasant Ridge is Virginia Mallon. That's Virginia, center, wearing a white hat, in a photo published by the Shooting Sportsman magazine in the March, 2000 issue. Photograph by Ian Austin
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