Driven hare shooting

Shooting driven hares

The brown hare is a crop and pasture animal. It has always been much scarcer on pasture land. It is thought to have originated in the Central Asian steppes and spread westward across Europe during the Neolithic period as forest was cleared for farming. The brown hare, on the other hand, did not appear in British fauna until the Roman era.

As brown hares spread into most low – lying farming districts, they most likely pushed the smaller mountain hares (Lepus timidus), which had previously inhabited lowland areas, as they do today in Ireland. Mountain hares are most likely to have survived in the uplands or northern forested areas. Brown hares were probably never very abundant due to predation and hunting for food until the 18th and 19th centuries, when a mixture of land enclosure, agricultural improvement, and predator control allowed populations to rise. Numbers shot peaked in the late nineteenth century on large well-managed estates like Holkham in Norfolk, but the size of the bag at the time may have been associated to advancements in shotguns and shootings popular appeal as much as to agricultural developments.

Leverets are young hares. Brown hares are born fully developed, with fur and open eyes. A form is simply a nest made in the tall grasses in a small depression. Young brown hares are left by their parents in the form or nest, and the female returns at sunset to feed them, but they do not receive much parental care. prevent attracting predators to the following.


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Driven hare shooting: Trip Profile


2 Days - 2 Nights


GBP 700


Brown hares


United Kingdom

group size

25 - 30



UK Departure



Hotel B&B

Food & Drink

all inclusive


February 2024

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Driven wild brown hare shooting: overview

Driven brown hare shooting usually takes place at the end of the game bird shooting season after 1st February.
Two teams of 15 hunters will take turns driving the brown hares to the opposing team across open arable farmland.
This method is extremely effective in reducing and controlling the brown hare population when they are causing extreme damage on winter cereal crops.

The brown hare has long ears with black tips, as well as long limbs. They are bigger than rabbits and have red-brown fur with yellow flecks. They could be nearly two feet tall. When they see humans, they will flee in a zig-zag pattern, which is one of their tactics to escape persecution such as foxes. Rabbits, on the other hand, will simply scoot for safety! Hares depend heavily on their keen senses and high-speed speeds – up to 45 mph – to escape because they live in very exposed habitats. You may occasionally find their footprints; the rear footprint is around 15cm long and parallel. The front foot prints are about 4cm long and are located between them.

Tenant farmers were granted the right to shoot hares and rabbits on their farmlands under the Ground Game Act of 1880 in protection of their crops. During the period of declining farm prices from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, however, this had the unintended consequence of encouraging farmers to trap rabbits in great numbers as an alternative crop. Brown hares have seemed to have been trapped out of existence in many areas, including southern Wales and parts of the West Country, at this time.

Hares were an animal of the chase for centuries, yet both hunting with hounds (beagles and harriers) as well as coursing with greyhounds had a lengthy tradition. These sports, which are now prohibited by the Hunting Act 2004, managed to kill only a small number of hares. Hares are currently a minor shooting quarry. Hares are well-known for their cooking value, but most driven hare shoots are intended to reduce the hare population locally in order to prevent crop damage. Such shoots are usually arranged in response to high hare concentration, and thus may not occur every year on a given farmland.

The GWCT, CLA, Countryside Alliance, The Moorland Association, the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation, and the Tenant Farmers Association have developed a code of practise for brown hare management. This code establishes the law and best practises for achieving an adequate and feasible balance between both the health and wellbeing and sustainability of brown hares, their recognition as game, and their capability to cause significant crop damage.


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Driven brown hare shooting: Itinerary 2024

If you are driving, please make your own way to the accommodation.
If you are flying in from Europe, you can take a cab, or we can arrange transport from the nearest airport in Lincolnshire.

You will make your own way to the hunting area from your accommodation, which is located on a nearby shooting estate.

Driven-hare shooting is a stand-one-walk one.
If you have problems walking, you will be able to stand on every drive.
Should you wish to walk in every drive, this is perfectly acceptable.

At the end of the day’s driven hare shooting, please tip the keeper £20

Drive yourself back to the local accommodation, where we will all meet for drinks in the bar and an evening meal before heading off to bed.

Saturday is a repeat of Friday, except you will not return to the hotel after shooting, unless you have made prior arrangements privately with the hotel.

Drive home after shooting, or arrange transport back to the local airport to fly back to Europe.

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