The 2016 season for pheasants is not great with most clubs reporting numbers well down
We have had a few superb days though so far and while the numbers shot are small they are all well remember and most enjoyable. One of my better days this year was on 18th December when I brought home a mixed bag of game.
The end result is not just the hunting but also the fine dining with a good bottle of wine and some of our own garden veg.
Occasionally I get invited to a driven shoot which gives me the opportunity to meet my customers and see how the Gamecrops and GLAS wildbird cover crops performed.
Autumn-sown John’s Delight produced a few wild pheasant clutches this summer and will provide feed all winter.
I have experimented with autumn sowing for the past few years and found it pretty successful even though all the varieties in the mix do not come through a hard winter. Having said that the triticale and linseed do survive and provide fantastic nesting cover in early spring as well as providing a rich insect life habitat for brood rearing pheasants and partridge.
The photo above is of a recent autumn sown crop taken the following summer. There are a few extra wild flowers from a previous crop in this photo but the end result will be similar when the poppies and corn flower in John’s Delight come into full bloom.
John’s Delight Game Crop Mix is available from our online shop.