Churchill Sporting, Ltd. is delighted to have teamed up with
Alfonso Fabrés to offer clients some of the finest
red leg partridge shooting available in Spain, or indeed anywhere
in the world.
For a line of up to nine Guns, Alfonso
can provide memorable days of driven partridges with bags
of 500 to 700 birds per day.
Alfonso's operation is
Northern Spain's vast province of Castilla Y Leon. As well
as producing some amazing driven partridge shooting, the region
is also justifiably famous for its picturesque countryside
and historic cities dating from pre-Roman times. Alfonso's
latest shooting is in the spectacular Sierra de Batuecas.
The base of operations is the Las Haijaderas Hunting Lodge
which is approximately 2 hours by road from Madrid. Las Haijaderas
is right in the heart of "Los Toros" country. This
is the area of Spain in which bulls are bred for bull fighting
and, as you drive through the countryside, you will see black
bulls in most of the fields.
The traditional Hunting Lodge is set on a bullfighting ranch
and the main Lodge boasts a large dining room, kitchen, drawing/sitting
rooms, terraces and a pool-side entertainment area and Alfonso's
chef ensures that no one has any excuse for going hungry.
Guests sleep in the adjoining courtyard building which houses
twelve extremely roomy and comfortable bedrooms, each with
The shooting area is approximately
45 minutes to an hour's drive from Las Haijaderas. There are,
in fact, a number of different Estates and all are able to
show high fast birds due to their excellent topography. One
of the new Estates could easily drive a bird over 100 yards
above the Gun's heads so a realistic 40 yard crosser is a
Alfonso can arrange anywhere
between one and five consecutive days of shooting although
we would recommend a minimum of two days for European clients
and three for American clients in order to justify the trip.
After arriving in Madrid,
guests have the option of staying in Spain's capital city
for a day before transferring to the shooting area or going
directly to Las Haijaderas.
The following morning,
shooters depart about 9:15 after breakfast, for the half-hour
drive to the shooting area. The day typically includes two
drives in the morning and two in the afternoon, with tapas
available after each drive and a full lunch laid out in the
field (either in the open air or in a shooting hut, depending
on the weather).
Operations finish by 4:30 pm and, after returning to Las Haijaderas
there is time for a bath and a short nap before cocktails
at 7:00 pm.
The shooting with Alfonso
is done on a "double gun" basis with each shooter
using a pair of shotguns. Each Gun has the services of a cargedor
who loads and a secretario who records the number of birds
hit by the Gun and where they fall, which could be five hundred
metres into a vertical valley. As Alfonso controls over 30,000
acres of shooting rights for driving partridge (and a variety
of big game which are often seen on the drives), no two drives
are alike. Due to the fact that each Gun draws a peg number
in the morning tomelot, the rotation system on a pre-established
formula, this ensures that he or she shoots next to different
guests and in new places on every drive.
When To Go
It is possible to shoot
partridges in Spain from September through the end of March,
although we would suggest October onwards.
Despite the fact that these are the winter months, the warm
Spanish climate ensures that on most days an al fresco lunch
is possible without having to wrap up with too many layers
Spanish partridge shooting
is equally popular with non-shooting guests as with the Guns
themselves, as there are so many activities to enjoy while
the shooting parties are in the hills. Madrid offers some
of the finest shopping in the world, as well as a trip to
the famous Prado Museum.
There are also some excellent
restaurants and bars to enjoy. In addition, there are plenty
of wonderful shopping opportunities for pottery, leather,
antiques and typical handicrafts. Nearby are famous cities
like Avila, Ciudad Rodrigo and La Alberce, a quaint 13th century
rural village of wood and stone.
We recommend putting together
a line of between 6 and 8 Guns or trying to join a team to
make up a total line of no more than 9 Guns.
The price for each bird is $40.00 for the first 500 birds,
and after that it drops to $35.00 per bird. The charge per
person, per night, to include all accommodation costs, meals
etc., is $350.00.
The above figures include:
all shooting costs, services of a cargedor and secretario
for each shooter, services of beaters and dog handlers, a
bilingual shoot host, licences for firearms and hunting licences,
assistance clearing shotguns into and out of Madrid Airport,
firearms cleaning services each day, shooting lunches in the
field or in the shooting hut, refreshments in the field between
drives, all ground transfers and on-shoot transport, deluxe
accommodation at Las Haijaderas, Salamanca, breakfast and
dinners daily, open bar cocktail party nightly and a daily
maid service (with laundry services available). The figures
do not, however, include any expenses incurred in Madrid (although
accommodation etc. can be arranged separately), international
air travel, flights from Madrid to Salamanca (as an alternative
to mini-bus transfers which are inlcuded in the price), personal
expenses, third party liability cover, travel insurance or
any sporting and domestic gratuities.
A typical itinerary would
be as follows:
Day 1- Arrive - Madrid International Airport Transfer to Las
Haijaderas Hunting Lodge
Day 2 - Shoot - 500 partridges - 8 Guns Lunch in the field.
Dinner and Overnight at Las Haijaderas.
Day 3 - Shoot - 500 partridges - 8 Guns Lunch in the field.
Dinner and Overnight at Las Haijaderas
Day 4 - Breakfast at Las Haijaderas Transfer to Madrid International
Airport for return journey.
In Addition... It would
be easy to stay in Madrid, the most cosmopolitan of cities
at either end of your stay. It would even be possible to arrange
to shoot pigeon at the exclusive Somontes Club in Madrid!
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