Castle Mountain Frequently Asked Questions
What is driven shooting?
This form of shooting is much more formal than simply walking with your dog alongside the hedgerows, and is usually confined to pheasant, partridge and grouse shooting.
On the shoot day, a team of shooters, or Guns, line out at numbered pegs. Meanwhile, under the gamekeeper’s instructions, a group of beaters and their dogs move through areas of woodland or covert, flushing the game ahead of them.
The aim is to get the birds to break cover and fly high over the line of Guns to provide sporting shots. Shot game is retrieved quickly by a picker-up who sends his/her trained gundog to where the shot game falls. Because of the organisation and number of people involved in a shoot of this sort, the cost to the Guns is considerably higher than in the other types of shooting.
Is there a dress code?
We don’t have a formal dress code and welcome Khaki, Tweed, Camo or some combination thereof. Most importantly we will be in the field most of the day and variable weather is common. Please dress for the weather and bring what you need to have a comfortable day in the field.
Do I need a hunting license?
A current Virginia Hunting License is required for all participants in our shoots. Licenses are required whether you are a Virginia Resident or Non-Resident. Single, Multi-Year and Lifetime Licenses are available from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. You can find your nearest DGIF office and their contact information on this page.
How can I get a Virginia hunting license?
Single, Multi-Year and Lifetime Licenses are available from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website or at several local outfitters. Be sure to have your license ahead of time as they cannot be obtained the day of the shoot.
What type of gun is recommended?
Pheasants are large birds and require at least a 28 gauge shotgun. For safety and sporting purposed we only permit double barrel shotguns that break open. We do not allow semi-automatic shotguns at Castle Mountain Farm.
I don’t own a gun, do you have rentals available?
Unfortunately we do not offer rentals at this time.
Do you provide ammunition?
Please plan to acquire and bring your own ammunition to the shoot. A limited selection of ammunition may be available for purchase at our facility as a convenience to our guests but we cannot promise we’ll have ammunition on site.
There are several gun shops within an hour of our location but selection and hours may not coincide with your plans. For these reasons we recommend you bring your chosen ammunition with you the day of the shoot and plan accordingly.
What type of ammunition do you recommend?
Generally speaking for our driven pheasant shoots we recommend a #6 shot high brass loads. We recommend you bring 250 rounds for our drive shoots. Our morning warmup of driven clays will require 75-100 rounds of #7 1/2 or 8 shot target loads.
Can I bring my dog?
You are welcome to bring your well-mannered and well-trained dog for driven and walk-up shoots. Dogs that do not meet these requirements must be put away for the rest of the day and will no longer be welcome at Castle Mountain Wingshooting.
Do you offer overnight accommodation?
Unfortunately we do not offer overnight accommodations at this time but there are many nearby options to choose from. Please see our accommodation section for recommendations or give us a call and we can make some specific suggestions.
What time should I arrive?
Our shoots begin promptly at 8:30 AM with a light breakfast and a pre-shoot meet and greet.
Have Other Questions?
Please don’t hesitate to contact us!