Great Britain has had an enormous influence on our hunting heritage. The British Empire reached its zenith in the 1920s, covering almost a quarter of the earth – the largest empire in history. From Africa, Asia, to the western hemisphere, and the South Pacific, Britain spread her influence through language, legal systems, and culture, including the tradition of sport hunting and the love of the outdoor, country life. Today that hunting culture is still alive and well, especially in the highlands of Scotland and Wales.
Most hunting nowadays is done on private estates, where game is managed by professional game keepers and where guides follow age old traditions of scientific game management. The game is owned by the landowners and the harvest quotas are set according to the principles of sound management, including good population ratios of sex and age, as well as trophy quality. Most of the common European deer species are found in the U.K., including red deer, fallow deer, roe deer and numerous exotic deer species have been introduced, a byproduct of Britain’s worldwide colonial endeavors during the last two centuries. These include Japanese Sika deer, Manchurian Sika deer, Pere David deer, Chinese water deer, Reeves muntjac (all from China), and hog deer from India.
Bird shooting has also retained its popularity, especially the driven shoots for pheasant in England and Wales and for grouse in the Scottish moors. Birds too are intensively managed and estates which can deliver daily bags of up to 1,000 birds get high prices for their driven days, held on specific dates, year after year.
While England is not among the most famous hunting countries of Europe, it certainly is one of the most enjoyable to visit. It’s quaint charm and cultural heritage are unique in the world. Hunting in England is primarily confined to private estates. Excellent red stags may be found from Devon to the Midlands, as well as superior roe deer in the South Downs. Fallow deer are widely available as are rare, introduced species such as Pere’ David’s deer, Chinese water deer, Manchurian Sika deer and Reeve’s muntjac, all imported from China. From India have come hog deer and sambar, as well as chital (Axis deer) and from Japan the Japanese Sika deer.
Hunt Europe offers a variety of hunting opportunities on a number of the finest estates in England. All big game species, both native and introduced, are encompassed in our hunt portfolio. Prices vary from estate to estate and are usually based on the quality of the trophy.
Our staff routinely arranges British Firearm Certificates (temporary import permit) or rifle hire, if preferred, and pick-up and delivery from either Heathrow or Gatwick airports, as well as all accommodations and corollary sightseeing programs. Accommodation are had in simple bed and breakfast country inns, or in a variety of hotels in virtually every service class, including private castles. We will gladly match hunting programs and accommodations to the wishes and tastes of the individual client.