Where we shoot
Cricket St Thomas, near Chard, South Somerset
This is our main shoot where all our mini driven days take place. Run by James and Joe, who also rear all the game on-site from their own breeding stock, this shoot is nestled in the hills and valleys of south Somerset and an idyllic place to spend the day. There is a larger, fully driven shoot on the estate, and we operate both on the estate itself and on some surrounding farms. These days are great fun and have a fantastic reputation, with quarry including mallard, pheasant, partridge and snipe.
Each shoot day starts with a light breakfast snack, tea, coffee and a briefing from the keeping team. All guns are asked to arrive by 9am for a 9.30 start. Shooting commences and we’re all driven around the shoot on the shoot bus, so there’s no need to use your own vehicles. We take a break for elevenses whilst are out in the field, and after shooting, a three-course meal will be served back at the shoot lodge.
Upton Pynes, near Exeter, Devon
We returned to Upton Pynes after a change of shoot management. Head keeper Paul is a friendly and honest chap, and this chance to shoot on Lord Iddisleigh’s ancient estate is not to be sniffed at. A short drive from the regional capital of Exeter, you won’t believe how quickly you find yourself in the wilderness. Quarry includes mallard, pheasant, partridge, snipe and goose.
Each shoot day starts with a light breakfast snack, tea and coffee, followed by a briefing from the keeping team. We will then set off (own vehicles recommended, but we can of course organise transport in advance if need be) and at an appropriate time we make a stop for elevenses. Shooting then continues until we’re finished, when a three-course lunch will be served back at the shoot lodge.
Shooting has developed a terrible habit of being sold on a “price per bird” basis, with the cost being higher for “better” shooting. Here at Tim Maddams Field Sports we feel that although value must be a watch word, selling days with an upper bag limit or minimum is not what we want to be about. So, we sell our shoot days at a price per gun, and we offer some advice on how many birds are likely to be shot, depending on the number of guns booked on the day and the ability of the team to shoot straight.
That said, as a useful guide, six guns shooting a mini driven day would be looking at a bag of around 40 – 45 head of game. A walked-up team of five guns will be looking at 30 – 35 head of game. It’s worth noting that we often shoot more than these numbers, and they are suggested only to give you an idea. For us, it’s all about the day out, the camaraderie and sportsman (and woman!)ship, the great food and the banter… not simply the number of birds killed.
Mini driven days are charged at £325 per gun, per day
Walked-up days are charged at £300 per gun, per day
Non-shooting guests on any day are charged for hospitality at £45.00 per person, per day
Deposits for shoot days are issued from July onwards and settlement for your day or part-day are invoiced in advance of your shoot day. Invoices are sent via email and have 14 days strict terms applied.
Tim Maddams Field Sports are not VAT registered, so the price you see is the price you pay.
Contact & Bookings
Please get in touch for availability. We are often booked up a long way in advance, but we will always try very hard to find a day for you if we can fit one in. We do have the occasional single or pair of guns available on days that are already mostly sold.