Spanish Driven Bird Shooting

Spanish Driven Bird Shooting

Exclusive Driven Shooting in SPAIN!

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Spain offers some of the most dramatic landscapes and fascinating culture in all of Europe. Land of the conquistadors, bullfights, ancient wineries, many cathedrals and the setting of Don Quixote’s adventures, Spain will capture your heart while enroute to the finest bird shooting in the world. In keeping with the old world charm and character of the jewel of Europe, The Detail Company will plan the most exciting and authentic red-legged partridge shooting experience in existence.

Through our exclusive arrangement with the most distinctive outfitter in Spain, Cazatur, you will enjoy refined comfort, culinary delights and an unforgettable driven shoot. Your customized itinerary will be planned professionally and personally by the experienced staff of The Detail Company. Jeri Booth, President of The Detail Company, has dedicated her 30 years of experience to providing exciting and abundant wingshooting not found anywhere else in the world.

For several years, Eduardo Araoz, owner of CAZATUR-SPAIN, has been offering to its exclusive shooting clientele the privilege of using the Ventosilla Castle its shooting grounds, for the world famous driven red legged partridge shoots. Recently, CAZATUR has become the exclusive agent for Ventosilla Castle for the American market. Cazatur has also received by this agreement, the representation of another shooting estate rather similar to the Castle, but with the possibility of offering amore economical package we refer to, as the Estate.

Ventosilla Castle was the first estate in Spain to organize driven shoots for red legged partridges back in 1864, by the Duke of Santona. His son the Count of Teba, nephew of HRH Queen Elisabeth II from England, continued the tradition which now has been inherited by his grandsons, who as in the past arrange this shoots with the same greatness and elegance.

The Castle, located twenty minutes from the ancient, original Roman Imperial city of Toledo and one hour drive from Madrid, your point of arrival, was built in the 16th century, as a hunting retreat for the wealthy and powerful Cardinals in Spain of Toledo. It has been enlarged and updated by the subsequent generations of the same family. The Castle and its gardens have been designed by the famous landscape designer Forestier, providing a backdrop that guarantees an unforgettable shooting day.

Eduardo Araoz has known the Teba family since childhood, and as a result has been able to secure annually, several shooting days at this exclusive estate which is always fully booked a year in advance.

The Estate is located 45 minutes from Madrid airport away. The Lodge at this estate has twelve double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms a large living room, a bar, and all facilities, to accommodate a line of up to 10 shooters and their non shooting companions. The drives of this estate, provides very challenging high birds to the shooter and, provides an exciting shooting experience. The birds are reverted to their wild state released in the wild, three months before the shooting season starts. Both shooting grounds; Ventosilla and the Estate, are able to then present outstanding quality birds and the terrain supports drives that are very sporting and scenic.

The accommodations the night before shooting at the Estate will be at the Estates lodge, while the accommodations the night before the first and the second shooting day, will be spent at the Castle in its twelve double bedrooms with en suite bathroom.

This and much more is what we can offer you. Envelope yourself in the tradition depicted in our famous portrait, “Hunter shooting birds”, painted by the master painter Francisco de Goya in the 18th century. Join us as a single shooter or with one or more of your shooting friends on any of our open dates. Let us exceed your expectations as we did for those who have shoot with us in the past.

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE VENTOSILLA CASTLE

Ventosilla Castle was the first estate in Spain to organize driven shoots for red legged partridges back in 1864, by the Duke of Santona. His son the Count of Teba, nephew of HRH Queen Elisabeth II from England, continued the tradition which now has been inherited by his grandsons, who as in the past arrange this shoots with the same greatness and elegance. The Castle, located 20 minutes from the ancient, original Roman Imperial city of Toledo and 1 hour drive from Madrid, your point of arrival, was built in the 16th century, as a hunting retreat for the wealthy and powerful Cardinals in Spain of Toledo. It has been enlarged and updated by the subsequent generations of the same family. The Castle and its gardens have been designed by the famous landscape designer Forestier, providing a backdrop that guarantees an unforgettable shooting day. Guests enjoy twelve double bedrooms with en suite bath, a large dining room and several living areas, all for the enjoyment of our shooting companions. A gun room also available to secure and clean your treasure. Your arrival at the Castle is the night before your shooting day and between shooting days.

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE ESTATE

The Estate is located 45 minutes from Madrid airport away. The Lodge at this estate has twelve double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms a large living room, a bar, and all facilities, to accommodate a line of up to 10 shooters and their non shooting companions. The drives of this estate, provides very challenging high birds to the shooter and, provides an exciting shooting experience. This Estate is stocked with birds by the most reputable partridge breeder from Spain; his birds are reverted to their wild state, three months before the shooting season starts. Both shooting grounds; Ventosilla and the Estate, are able to then present outstanding quality birds and the terrain supports drives that are very sporting and scenic. On our regular shooting program, which combines the Estate with the Castle you will arrive to the Estate the first evening and you will be driven to the Castle, after sightseeing and touring in the Imperial city of Toledo, where Eduardo Araoz, will host you for lunch at a very typical Spanish restaurant, so you can enjoy the delicate red legged partridge meat. If your shooting program is only at the Estate, you will arrive here directly from Madrid.

Eduardo Araoz, owner of CAZATUR, is present during the entire program and will coordinate and facilitate all needs and requests of his guests. Join Eduardo and his staff soon to shoot the challenging red legged partridge in Spain.

 

THE DRIVES

There are more than 20 different drives to be used both, at the Ventosilla Castle shooting grounds as well as at the Estate. Many of the Castle individual drives have the past century gained a reputation, because of the various factors of difficulty involved; (height of the incoming birds, wind influence, snap shots etc…), but most importantly each peg is perfectly situated to keep “security in mind” meaning the distance between them are as such you are within sight of your shooting neighbors. In Spain as you might know, your helper “secretario”, installs a shield on each side of your peg, which blinds you from seeing your neighbor while you are swinging your gun following an incoming bird. This shield will make you lift the gun out of the line so safety is assured. Depending on the weather, time of the day, and dominating wind, the drives are chosen specifically each day. Between drives we always serve snacks and drinks, to give you time to visit about your drive with the rest of the line, and more important, to allow the beaters to move to the next location from where they are going to blink the birds in the following drive over the line.

For each drive we use 40 to 50 beaters perfectly uniformed with reflecting vests, so you can see them when they come close to the line of shooters. The shooting of each drive ends, after the blow of a horn by the beaters commander. After this horn blow, shooting stops immediately, as the beaters will be within shooting range.

 

SHOOTING ORGANIZATION

An English speaking CAZATUR representative will greet you upon arrival in Madrid, and accompany each of our shooting parties during their stay until departure, and is in charge of all shooting related activities during your stay.

 

SHOOTING DAYS

Usually our shooting parties reserve 3 shooting days, combining the Castle with the Estate, some 4, but 2 days shoot are also welcome at the Estate only.

 

BEST TIME TO SHOOT

The shooting season starts beginning of October and ends at the end of February. We suggest October, November and December.

 

DCA's own Larysa Switlyk will be hosting a driven shoot! November 6-7-8, 2017 reserve your spot now!

GIVE US A CALL (800) 292 - 2213 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

All photos by Alan Ward you can find his work here: www.countryfieldimages.co.uk

 

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