Warter Priory, East Yorkshire
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Warter Priory shoot is a world class driven game shoot set in the heart of East Yorkshire amidst 12,000 acres of rolling farmland, deep open valleys and ancient woodland providing impressive scenery and topography.

Having formerly been home to many notable historical figures including the Hull MP and philanthropist the 1st Lord Nunburnholme and his wife, Lady Nunburnholme, a relative of the Great Duke of Wellington, as well as the Marquess of Normanby and the Guinness Trust. 

Over the years Warter Priory has attracted none other than former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill as well as members of royalty and high society.

At Warter we pride ourselves on our reputation for quality driven game birds (pheasant and partridge) and challenging high drives under the direction of Head Gamekeeper Frank Croft and his team.  With in excess of 50 drives to choose from each day is as different and just as exciting as the next. 

Warter’s aim is to ensure all guns have a memorable and enjoyable day in a relaxed, safe environment where we guns are encouraged to travel to the drives together in our purpose built gun bus.

Guns are sold on a single gun or full team basis and we typically offer 300 or 500 bird days with no overage charged, however, the bag and the shooting can be adapted to suit the individual requirements of a team.

Full hospitality is included with good home cooked wholesome food.

Please get in touch to establish availability.

 

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Sep 2014
Many shoots in Britain claim to carry their reputation over with some sort of romantic image of game shooting from an Edwardian age but in reality fail to deliver what they suggest they can promise. However Warter Priory's reputation as being one of, if not the best shoot in the world, is built on solid foundations and justifiably so.
From the moment you arrive, the diligence, effort and attention to detail is peerless. You are met with a cup of tea or coffee and a smile before enjoying a home cooked breakfast which is as good as any breakfast I had enjoyed during the previous 45 years. I am not actually an individual that drinks either tea or coffee, but I thought I'd throw them a 'curve ball' and request a Bloody Mary. The reply was 'No problem sir, would you like a drop of sherry and Worcester sauce with that?' .....'Er yes please' was my surprised reply!
One of the guns felt that he would benefit from a little tuition, no problem, the Warter Priory resident coach is Mark Winser, who is one of the leading clay shots on the world circuit in English Sporting & FITASC Sporting and a highly personable individual too.
After breakfast we travelled through the estate via a gun bus. Not just any gun bus, this one was immaculately clean and had air conditioning, fridge and sun roofs.
The head keeper is a modern day living legend in the game keeping world, Frank Croft clearly lives and breathes game keeping and stage manages every part of the shooting experience to perfection.
The first drive wasn't too difficult and enabled each gun to find their range, before moving onto two more drives which became progressively more difficult and testing but didn't leave any individual feeling dissatisfied or that the particular drive was beyond their capabilities.
Lunch was home cooking again, (I ought to mention that the broccoli salad was exceptional) at the shoot lodge. Ah yes, the shoot lodge; now here's the negative about Warter Priory. The shoot lodge has deep pile carpets, comfy sofas and armchairs and antique oak furniture along with the framed game books and newspaper clippings from a bygone age; it is so comfortable that it's hard to find the inspiration to leave and get back on the gun bus after such a filling lunch, but of course you do manage to because the challenge of shooting at Warter Priory is irresistible.
The final drive was 'Eddy’s Gallery', one of the estate's signature drives and it does not disappoint. The way Frank Croft orchestrates the presentation or delivery of the birds over the humbling Yorkshire Wolds is remarkable, it doesn't matter whether you're on peg number 1 or 9, you're never out of it; think of Leonard Bernstein conducting the Berlin Philharmonic and the crowd experiencing the crescendo or climax, or to the final part of Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries to a fabulous firework display, it really is that good!!!
The team that run the estate are obviously not happy to rest on their haunches and are continually improving it with new ideas for various drives by implementing water features and removing trees.
If you've never been to Warter Priory, imagine a shooting estate designed by God (they even have a drive called 'Angels') and allow yourself to enjoy the privilege of shooting there and see why the reputation is as good as it is......
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Many shoots in Britain claim to carry their reputation over with some sort of romantic image of game shooting from an Edwardian age but in reality fail to deliver what they suggest they can promise. However Warter Priory's reputation as being one of, if not the best shoot in the world, is built on solid foundations and justifiably so.
From the moment you arrive, the diligence, effort and attention to detail is peerless. You are met with a cup of tea or coffee and a smile before enjoying a home cooked breakfast which is as good as any breakfast I had enjoyed during the previous 45 years. I am not actually an individual that drinks either tea or coffee, but I thought I'd throw them a 'curve ball' and request a Bloody Mary. The reply was 'No problem sir, would you like a drop of sherry and Worcester sauce with that?' .....'Er yes please' was my surprised reply!
One of the guns felt that he would benefit from a little tuition, no problem, the Warter Priory resident coach is Mark Winser, who is one of the leading clay shots on the world circuit in English Sporting & FITASC Sporting and a highly personable individual too.
After breakfast we travelled through the estate via a gun bus. Not just any gun bus, this one was immaculately clean and had air conditioning, fridge and sun roofs.
The head keeper is a modern day living legend in the game keeping world, Frank Croft clearly lives and breathes game keeping and stage manages every part of the shooting experience to perfection.
The first drive wasn't too difficult and enabled each gun to find their range, before moving onto two more drives which became progressively more difficult and testing but didn't leave any individual feeling dissatisfied or that the particular drive was beyond their capabilities.
Lunch was home cooking again, (I ought to mention that the broccoli salad was exceptional) at the shoot lodge. Ah yes, the shoot lodge; now here's the negative about Warter Priory. The shoot lodge has deep pile carpets, comfy sofas and armchairs and antique oak furniture along with the framed game books and newspaper clippings from a bygone age; it is so comfortable that it's hard to find the inspiration to leave and get back on the gun bus after such a filling lunch, but of course you do manage to because the challenge of shooting at Warter Priory is irresistible.
The final drive was 'Eddy’s Gallery', one of the estate's signature drives and it does not disappoint. The way Frank Croft orchestrates the presentation or delivery of the birds over the humbling Yorkshire Wolds is remarkable, it doesn't matter whether you're on peg number 1 or 9, you're never out of it; think of Leonard Bernstein conducting the Berlin Philharmonic and the crowd experiencing the crescendo or climax, or to the final part of Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries to a fabulous firework display, it really is that good!!!
The team that run the estate are obviously not happy to rest on their haunches and are continually improving it with new ideas for various drives by implementing water features and removing trees.
If you've never been to Warter Priory, imagine a shooting estate designed by God (they even have a drive called 'Angels') and allow yourself to enjoy the privilege of shooting there and see why the reputation is as good as it is......

I have been fortunate enough to have shot at a vast number of shoots across the country over the years and I have to say that Warter Priory features as one of the top shoots.
From the moment you book with Julie, the efficiency, helpfulness and welcoming hospitality of all the shoot staff is evident.

Guns meet at the lovely converted shoot lodge where the roaring log fires, comfy sofas and a wonderful breakfast are the perfect welcome on a crisp shoot day. The head keeper Frank, is on hand to discuss the rules and form of the day before guns meet their loaders, boot up and travel in style on the shoots gun bus. Guns cars can follow around throughout the day so no need to worry about taking all your paraphernalia with you.

As soon as you peg out in the deep valleys, it becomes apparent that you will experience some fine and testing birds. The steady stream of partridges and pheasants are enough to excite even the most experienced shot and each drive will leave you feeling exhilarated. There are usually three drives in the morning with a mid-morning break, snack and a chance to exchange stories of your best bird so far. There are a vast number of drives throughout the estate so no matter what the weather holds there is always a drive that will equal the ones before. Make sure you do not snack too much throughout the morning as a sumptuous home cooked lunch awaits you after the third drive. Sip a drink, browse through the historic game books and enjoy the lively free flowing banter around the table. It is sometimes hard to leave the comfort! but the anticipation of another drive will undoubtedly win over.

Guns are pegged sufficiently far apart that one shouldnt feel encroached upon by their neighbour but yet, close enough to catch a glimpse down the line and see the marvellous spectacle. It is very rare that every gun will not have a sufficient amount of sport, so be ensured that the day will be thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying. Throughout the day, you will probably meet Richard and the other keepers who run an incredible team of beaters and pickers up, and who, despite the long walks they have had during the day, are always friendly, spare time for a chat and without whom the day would not be possible.

Should you not be able to hit the clever birds who manage to fly high enough, see it as a challenge for your next visit as you will surely wish to return.

I have shot at warter priory shoot for the last 4 years and no 2 days are the same with excellent testing birds shown on drives such as High cliff, Avenue end and milldale to name but a few of the 50 drives with birds in the 35 to 50 yard bracket been the norm with some considerably higher! The days are run very professionally and you never feel rushed between drives or at lunch which can be a good thing because the food is fantastic and the shoot room is out of this world with a roaring fire and large comfy sofas to relax on after lunch what more could a man want! You are always made to feel welcome by Frank and his team who seem to of thought of everything from the luxurious gun bus,quality loaders right through to the gun cleaning room everything is top class and i am already looking forward to my days there this year.

Warter Priory, in my 50 years experience of shooting, is the best all round, high bird shoot in the UK. My enjoyment of Warter Priory Estate is that it is set in 13,000 acres, in the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds, with deep rolling valleys consistently producing the highest pheasants and partridges I have ever seen. The drives are tailored to everybodys ability by Mr. Frank Croft who monitors the shoot from the gun line, ensuring every gun has shooting on every drive. It is a truly magnificent estate that has been laid out for shooting for over 100 years. It has been uniquely developed by its owner over the last 9 years with the able help of Frank Croft and his brother Richard, and the happiest team of beaters and other staff that has been my privilege to come across. Each individuals needs are catered for, whether it be dietary, loaders, dog work, transport around the shoot, or bringing guests etc (Julie Kinnison makes this all very easy). The breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea/refreshments are first class, set in an impressive and elegant dining room. It has been my great privilege to shoot at Warter Priory over the last 9 years, and I have experienced a continual development of all the drives to attain the highest and most sporting birds.There are no overages at Warter Priory, unlike many shoots, this adds greatly to peoples enjoyment as they are not concerned about any further costs at the end of the day. I think Warter Priory represents tremendous quality and excellent value for money, and without hesitation I would recommend it to anyone.

Having shot across the UK over the last 40 years I can truly say that the shooting at Warter Priory is in a class of it's own. The most fantastic setting you could ever imagine, mixed in with plentiful sporting birds on a variety of drives. No two days are ever the same.A wonderful team from Julie who takes the bookings (and the money!!), to Frank Croft (Head Keeper), his brother Richard and their amazing team of under keepers and helpers who pull out all the stops to ensure you have a truly memorable day. Frank has a canny knack of assessing the guns on the first drive and tailoring the drives according to their ability and the weather conditions.A totally relaxed atmosphere embellished with superb hospitality. Certainly a day not to be missed.

Warter Priory is a very historic and expertly run shoot that shows some of the most testing birds in the whole of East Yorkshire and possibly the country. The day starts with a superb hearty breakfast in the shoot lodge with historical game records and books to browse. These will help heighten your anticipation for the rest of the day. I have shot here several times and no matter where in the line one stands, I have yet to see anyone out of the shooting. The birds fly high, fast, plentiful and from all angles. The drives are expertly driven from the gun line by the head keeper, with his team of keepers and beaters working silently on the tops to provide superb sport for all the guns. The hospitality provided throughout the day with refreshments and catering is first class. Lunch is very well prepared and presented and special diets can be catered for on request. Transportation to all drives is provided so vehicles are not a necessity. Well behaved dogs are welcomed and for those guns who enjoy picking up some of their own birds an opportunity will arise on every drive. The shoot can provide trained and efficient loaders. On occasions I was striving to keep up pace with my loader! The real secret of the shoot however is the price. Whilst the price may seem at the upper end of the scale the value for money is without match! The days are sold as 300 or 500 bird days. You will, if your team are competent, get this and more besides for the same price! I have never come away from this shoot feeling that I have not had every pennies worth of value from the day. In all Warter is a top quality shoot, expertly run with fantastic sport and value for money too!

Warter priory shoot is definately the worlds best, because it is the only shoot i know that offers virtually on the same drive "birds for all type of shot" i.e. the average or beginner will have plenty to shoot at and so will the professional high bird expert, i shoot whifield as most shooters will know on the extreme days and there is plenty of whitfield type birds at warter but also mixed in with good 35yds to 50yd sporting birds "and plenty of them" enabling a mixed team to all enjoy the day, but the best part is that the owner is very generous with the overage so no one need worry about what your neighbours doing, it is total relaxation, the food is on a par with any good restaraunt and Frank Croft is one of the hardest working keepers i know who is only interested in making sure every one has a fantastic day and worries if you are not, warter will never be repeated again this century it is like going back in time to the edwardian days only better quality.

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Dennis Kent

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Qualifications: CPSA instructor and coach also associate member of ICSI (Institute of Clay Shooting Instructors)
Experience: 10 years

Peter Alberto

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Qualifications: Member of APSI (Association of professional shooting instructors)
Experience: 35 years

Ben Wright

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Qualifications: CPSA level one instructing certificate
Experience: 30 years

Drennan Kennerdine

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Qualifications: CPSA: Safety Officer
Experience: 30+ years

Julian Watson

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Experience: 10 years

Philip Thorrold

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Andy Powell

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Experience: 15+ years

Stewart Cumming

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Experience: 25+ years

Glynn Abbott

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Qualifications: APSI shooting instructor, APSI member and qualified loader
Experience: 30 + years

Bill Telford - High Bird Shooting Ltd.

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Qualifications: Advanced Instructor with APSI, BASC Member
Experience: 45+ years

Iain Furness

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Qualifications: APSI instructor and member, BASC Member. Enhanced CRB Certificated. APSI insured. (Full Public Liability)
Experience: 30 years

Steve Scott

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Qualifications: CPSA Level 1 Coaching certificate, European Champion, Gold Medal Winner at the Commonwealth Games
Experience: 20+ years

John Cavendish

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Experience: 26 years

Tom Blakeman

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Experience: 10+ years

Paul Burton

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Experience: 20+ years

Rosie Dyer

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Experience: 8 years

Justin Frampton

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Qualifications: Guild of Shooting Instructors & CPSA coach and Safety Officer.
Experience: 15 years

Barry Church

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Experience: 35 years

Heart of England Shooting Services, Andy Beere & Kevin Byrne

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Qualifications: ACTSA, BASC, C&G, CPSA, LANTRA Coaches and Senior Safety Officer
Experience: 30+ years

Ann Litchfield

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Qualifications: BASC Shotgun Coach, Full Member Guild of Shooting Instructors, Cert. Ed.
Experience: 15+ years

Terry C. A. Fricker

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Qualifications: CPSA Senior Sporting since 1977, over 140,000 individuals through Clinics.
Experience: 40 years

Lee Craighead - Prestige Shooting Services

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Experience: 18 years

Steven Pountain

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Experience: 20+ years

Peter Weeks

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