For the second year running, the LaSS Game Day took place on the 12th October. This time around we had the great pleasure to be invited to the wonderful Kilverstone Hall Estate outside Thetford in Norfolk. Kilverstone Hall is owned by Lord Fisher and boosts a 3,000-acre parkland estate, complete with a deer park and perfectly set up for some great game shooting.
As anticipated, the LaSS Game Day turned out to be immensely popular and we were pleased to have a total of 12 ladies join us on the day on single and shared pegs. We were particularly pleased to have a few ladies join us for their first ever game day!
We started the day with tea, coffee and bacon butties in the shoot hut and there was definitely a lot of anticipation and some nerves in the air. After a briefing by Dennis and Ron we set off to the first drive and nerves were very quickly swapped for excitement. As far as a game day goes we couldn’t have asked for a better start to the day – a cracking drive overlooking the hall and the deer park with great flurries of birds meant that all the ladies managed to get their first birds of the day! Two more drives followed before we stopped for elevenses and as one of the ladies pointed out, it was very refreshing to see some role reversal with husbands and partners, beating, picking, loading and pouring well-deserved beverages.
After an exciting fourth drive where the birds were pushed over what once was a landfill heap (!) and a heavy but short shower we set off back to the hut for a spot of lunch. A lovely cooked lunch awaited us back at the hut and spirits were certainly high as the ladies discussed the experience so far. It was admittedly a bit hard to leave the warm comfort of the shooting hut but once we got outside we had two more great drives waiting for us. At the last drive the beaters pushed the birds through some cover crop and we had a fair few partridge come over the guns. Once the whistle was blow to mark the end of the last drive the ladies gathered for some obligatory photos before we made our way back to the shooting hut.
Some tea, coffee and a few glasses of bubbly rounded off the day and we all had a chance to sit down and chat about the day. All in all, everyone thoroughly enjoyed their day and with a bag of 137 we were all more than happy! The team at Kilverstone Hall did a fantastic job in making us all feel very welcome and the whole day was fantastically well organized. For the less experienced shots, the option to share a peg and the opportunity to have someone stand with them for support and advice proved to be much appreciated. Below are a few comments from the ladies that joined the game day, as well as some photos from the day.
Lara and I would also like to thank Andrea, Dennis and everyone else at Kilverstone Hall for an amazing day and hopefully we’ll see you all again soon!
“I will remember my first game day with all the lovely ladies with a huge smile.”
“I have never had such a good day’s shooting; everyone was so relaxed and friendly that I shot much better than I normally would at a boy shoot!”