Shooting at Coverhead

We are passionate about our shooting and have a strong interest in all aspects of wild game. Grouse are the main sporting output but there is also a good stock on the moorland fringe of Wild Pheasant, Duck, Snipe and Woodcock. Two full time keepers are employed to look after the Grouse and’ lowland’ wild quarry in equal measure. The Estate offers Let Days on the main moor for Driven Grouse as well as Semi Driven /Walked-up and Pointer Days for Grouse on our 'edge' ground. We are keen supporters of the Code of Good Shooting Practice.

For rifle enthusiasts we offer several field firing courses and a long range experience using steel targets at ranges up to 1200 yards.

  • Grouse Shooting

    Grouse Shooting

    Coverhead Grouse have a reputation for being extremely testing even in August. 

    Driven: We offer team and individual days with and without overage. Expected bags range from 50 to 150 brace depending on the season and  time of year. Please contact us to discuss your requirements as we can usually tailor a day to your teams experience level or suggest a suitable day for individual bookings.

    Walked-up Over Pointers: We sometimes have available Walked-up Over Pointers days in lat August and early September for up to a maximum 6 guns (4 recommended) split into two teams with professional handlers.  Expected bags range from 20 to 25 brace. Demand for these days is exceptional so please contact us and register your interest prior to the season.

  • Wild Game

    Wild Game

    In good breeding years we sometimes make available mixed Wild Game Days in October and early November. The bag can contain multiple species including Wild Pheasant, Wild Red Leg Partridge, Snipe, Woodcock, Mallard and Red Grouse. Bags achieved are usually between 50 and 100 head for teams of up to 8 guns. You could be shooting at high Wild Pheasants on one drive and then find yourself being stealthy in a Grouse butt the next. These wild mixed sporting days are much sought after. Please register your interest by contacting us prior to the season.

  • Introduction to Driven Grouse - Simulated Grouse Practice

    Introduction to Driven Grouse - Simulated Grouse Practice

    We offer an innovative and popular 2 day Coverhead  Introduction to Driven Grouse Course for new and inexperienced grouse shots. The course consist of a moorland visit and lecture, followed by an extremely realistic Simulated Grouse Practice with expert instruction and capped off with Q&A over a scrumptious three course dinner. Accomodation in our shooting lodge is included.

    Our Simulated Grouse Range consists of three easily accessible butts in a line on the moorland edge , an armored subterranean spectator bunker and 9 Promatic traps to show fast simulated grouse targets down hill, down wind and on short horizons to really get the blood flowing. This range has been described by industry professionals as 'the nearest thing to Driven Grouse you can experience without actually shooting one' and the 'most realistic simulated Grouse set up in the country'. The range can be hired privately in and out of season. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

  • Long Range Rifle Training

    Long Range Rifle Training

    New for 2017 - Coverhead Long Range Rifle Training. Currently only available for clients with Firearm Certificates.

    How Far Can You Go - A two day residential course with expert instruction- Learn how to tune your center fire rifle to achieve its full range potential. Understand the nuances of scopes, chronographs, bullet selection, ballistic programs,environmental conditions, spin drfit, coralis, wind reading and Long Range shooting techniques on steel targets at distances from 300 to 1200 yards. Use what you have learnt and have a go with a precision rifle on a 10 inch target at 1000+yards. Your FAC conditions permitting you may engage targets of opportunity throughout the day.  Cost from 500.00 per person INC VAT.

    Long Range Mini Course - One day course covering essential long range principles in a series on micro lectures on site between practices. Engage steel targets between 300-and 800 yards. Have a go with a precision  rifle to hit a 10 inch target at 1000 yards. Cost from 350.00 per person INC VAT. 

    Have A Go - Range day- On hand instruction - Use your own rifle knowledge to hit steel targets between 300 and up to 1000 yards. Prices from 250.00 Per Person INC VAT.

    Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

A Typical Driven Grouse Day

Meet at the onsite lodge for breakfast at 08:00. Briefing at 08:45 and move out in 4x4s at 09:00. Usually we do two drives in the morning followed by a sit down lunch back at the lodge and two drives in the afternoon. We shoot with a 9 or ten gun line, moving up 2 or 3 respectively and always numbering from down slope up. This avoids narrowing the sport on return drives and helps spread out the luck as far as possible. We usually aim to finish by 16:30 with a good high tea or a more substantial meal depending on the teams preference served in the lodge at the end of the day. We know we have done a good job when the guns stay and chat into the evening hours!


  • Afternoon Stephen I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank both yourself and James for a fantastic and challenging day. t was thoroughly enjoyed by myself and Rob and we very much look forward to doing it again at some point. Please extend our thanks to all of your team, it was a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxed day, very much appreciated.

    Mr. R. Ter***** - September 2020
  • Dear Stephen and James,

    I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank you both for such an enjoyable days shooting on Monday. From the moment we arrived to the time we drove down the Dale at the end of the day, we felt that you couldn’t have improved on the day in any way, particularly in light of Covid restrictions.

    If I could ask you to pass on my thanks to all the team at Coverhead, that would be appreciated. Knowing how tricky late September grouse are to drive and get over the butts, I was impressed with the skill of your keepers and beating team in getting so many grouse over the butts, they did an excellent job.

    Jim was an excellent host for the day and he added to our enjoyment, his briefing in the morning hit just the right tone, without being too over bearing, a very hard line to judge, certainly one of the best briefings I’ve heard for a long time. Jim was also very kind in driving us about, fun to chat to and full of amusing stories.

    The grouse themselves lived unto expectations, and were fast and challenging, as good as any I have shot in the Scottish Highlands in October.

    Coverhead its self is a magical place, wonderfully wild, and so different from much of the “ twee picture perfect” Dales that one is used to. Your management of Coverhead should be used as an example to all.

    Mr. L. Wri***** - September 2020
  • Hi Stephen,

    Just wanted to say what an awesome day your staff/team put on for us the other day - had an absolutely awesome experience and will definitely look out for opportunities to shoot at Coverhead in future, if you’d have me back!

    I think the day went as well as it could have possibly done so, testament to the organisation and beating staff.

    Thanks once again for the opportunity and best wishes for the remainder of the season.

    Mr. S. Woo**** - September 2020
  • Dear Stephen,

    Just a quick note to thank you, James and all your team for a very enjoyable and challenging day yesterday. What fun...

    Such a friendly, relaxed atmosphere set amongst a stunning estate / very much enjoyed chatting to the other guests and small world when you find so many connections....and apologies didn’t get to say thanks to Jim who was very Welcoming and good with us all day...

    Frankly, the day will last for some time in my memory as I managed by chance to bag my first left and right in front on the last drive...Happy days...

    Mr S. Mc - September 2020
  • May I thank you and your family for their hospitality and you for a very informative and helpful half day on Sunday and a most enjoyable and informative days shooting on Monday with a generally very friendly bunch of guns. The team of beaters, pickers up and keepers were great, friendly courteous and clearly well practiced. You have lovely ground to shoot over but I don’t envy you the amount of work that running a Grouse moor clearly entails. Your tutelage on Sunday clearly paid dividends and without it my tally would have been considerably lower, so thanks for your patience and persistence with the clays. If you ever need someone to recommend the course just ask, it was worth every penny.

    Mr. S Jef***** - September 2020
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