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The Gazette
wing shooting • best guns • shooting schools • custom gunfitting
Edition 7                                                                                                                                                                                                    Summer 2006
Chris J. Batha

     Welcome to The Gazette, our Summer Edition for 2006.
Our sincere apologies for sending this copy out so late! We never realized that making a few television shows could make such demands on our time! However, the first HD TV series has been shot and  is behind us now, so service as normal will be resumed.
     In this edition you will find a heady brew of hunting opportunities world-wide, reports on some of the great places we have visited, Fine Gun reviews, some Summer Clay Shooting Tips plus products and accessories that we think would interest you.
     Our Shooting School, Custom Gunfitting and Show Schedule has us primarily in the East, both North and South... we look forward to seeing you at one of these up-coming events. 
     So let's enjoy the rest of the sunny Summer together, always remembering to shoot safely, shoot straight and shoot often!

-Chris Batha

Table of Contents

Pheasant in the Emerald Isle
Page 1
Schedule of Schools & Shows
Page 2
Driven Pheasant at Highland Hills
Page 3
The Scotland Report
Page 4
The Wiley Woodcock
Page 5
Blue Quail in Texas
Page 6
More Quail in GA and SC
Page 7

In The Gun Room

The Boswell Pendragon
Page 8
The Castore Hammergun & More
Page 9
The McKay Brown O/U, Tuffpak Cases
Page 10
Arrow Laser Shot, Boremaster
Page 11
GripSwell Gloves, Target Checkmate!
Page 12
Page 13
The Sporting Art Gallery
Page 14
More Good Things
Page 15
“Breaking Clays” and More!
Page 16
Wingshooting Watch
Page 17
In the Next Edition
Page 18
The Hunt Doctor
Page 19

Driven Pheasant Shooting
in the Emerald Isle!

        Every year I attempt to find a new and exciting venue that offers that elusive mix of both a quality experience and challenging shooting, combined with the opportunity to visit and sample different parts of the magnificent scenery and traditions of the British Isles.


    I am very excited about this year’s venue! Ballywalter Park in Ireland has the perfect environment for the traditional Driven Pheasant Shoot. This excellent shoot was begun in the early years of the 20th Century when the 1st Lord Dunleath planted the woods and established the cover to create this shoot. It has attracted such famous sportsmen as the Duke of York ( later to become King George VI ) in 1924 and the Duke of Gloucester in 1935.
    Like many of the great estates, the shoot fell into abeyance after the Second World War but was resurrected in the 1990’s by a local syndicate. It has now been taken back into family ownership and, since 1997, The Ballywalter Park Shoot has been run as a traditional Driven Pheasant and Partridge Shoot with each aspect being managed personally, either by Lord Dunleath or by his son, William Mulholland.

PheasantThe High Pheasant are presented flying high over the Guns, who are positioned at pegs amidst the beautiful parkland trees or in open pastureland, providing an exciting and challenging shooting experience.
    This exclusive shoot offers places for only 8 Guns and the bag can be tailored to the team’s requirements. I have secured two 300-Bird Days, plus the opportunity for a day’s shoot on Driven Snipe in the Down Patrick marshes of County Down. This is a fully- catered event, including morning coffee, luncheon and afternoon tea, with drinks, as appropriate, served in the dedicated Shoot Rooms.
    All arrangements will be made and advice given to comply with Great Britain and Irish rules to obtain the necessary permits for bringing personal shotguns into Northern Ireland.

Ammunition will be provided, but please advise of your gauge requirements well in advance.
The party of Guns shooting at Ballywalter Park over the Driven Days will stay in the Historically - listed Mansion House, which offers 12 luxurious en-suite twin or double bedrooms.
    Non-shooting partners are most welcome and advice can be given on alternative attractions and places of interest to visit. Ballywalter Park has a dedicated hospitality team who provide full in-house dining facilities, with excellent fare, complemented by the House Cellar’s selection of over 2,000 bottles of fine wines.

Ballwalter Hall


November 6th: Arrive into London in the morning, transferring to the hotel. Those who would like to do so can join me in a tour of the London Gun Trade, including lunch at the oldest pub in England, The Guinea Grill. We will rendezvous at William Evans Gunmakers at 11AM that morning to begin the tour.
November 7th: Early morning, I will collect you from your London hotel and drive you to the Churchill Shooting Grounds where, after breakfast, you will receive a morning of tuition on the High Towers, with targets simulating High Driven Pheasant. After lunch we will have a series of 100-Bird Flushes from the High Towers, just to get you in the swing for the real thing later in the week.
November 8th: Travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland, for transfer to Ballywalter Park.
November 9th: 300-Bird Driven Pheasant Shoot at Ballywalter Park
November 10th: Driven Snipe at Down Patrick Marshes.November 11th: 300-Bird Driven Pheasant Shoot at Ballywalter Park
November 12th: Depart for home.
This complete package includes all licenses, permits, cartridges, accommodations, sustenance, wines and liquor, shoot transport and transfers, shooting at Churchill Shooting Grounds and the Tour of the London Gun Trade.
Not Included: Flights, both to and from the USA or in the UK, transfers to and from London airports, London Hotel accommodations or meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
Cost: $6,950.00
Non-Shooting Partners: $200.00 per night at Ballywalter Park.
Gratuities’ for Gamekeepers, House Staff etc. are at the suggested rates (per person):
Gamekeeper: $200 for the 3 days shooting. Housekeeping: $40 Single occupancy - $80 Double occupancy for the 4 days.

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