Spain season report 2010-2011

by Roxtons

La Nava is without doubt one of the finest shooting establishments in Europe and yet again provided excellent partridge shooting and superb hospitality for our teams of guns who shot there. The private runway makes access to this wonderful estate so easy and Javier and Alavaro, together with their team, really strive to provide the best of everything. We are looking forward to 2011/12 which looks to be even busier and we must just give Alvaro and Alejandra our very best wishes for their wedding in the summer.

We had some great late days’ shooting at Fuensauco and La Flamenca, the estates which we use close to Madrid. The advantage of these estates is that they are so close to Madrid and that the season in this province goes on into mid-March which for some clients is very attractive. The Corsini operation gets ever better with great efforts to ensure that our clients are well looked after and enjoy their shooting.

Ventosilla had a record breaking season and several of our clients enjoyed their days on this historic estate. Conveniently only 1hr 30mins from Madrid, Ventosilla is the closest thing that you have in Spain to shooting at a grand old shooting estate. It is the perfect place for a traditional shooting party weekend. 

Our portfolio increased last season to include the fantastic El Crespo and La Cuesta, where we can offer excellent partridge shooting for 2011/12 season. Both estates are located in La Mancha, the heartland of Spanish partridge shooting.

El Crespo is a beautiful family run estate close to the town of Villaneuva de Los Infantes with its fabulous Plaza and great historical links to Don Quixote. The estate is owned and managed by Mamel Landaluce and his son-in-law Pedro in a relaxed yet efficient manner. The shooting is varied and ranges from some lovely high birds to some of the more traditional Spanish fizzers, all very exciting shooting in some very beautiful and varied countryside. The accommodation is excellent and very comfortable, the staff very attentive and the food and wine varied and delicious. The whole operation is run with effortless sophistication and great attention to detail. The estate has two houses for guests depending on the group size. The main house, the family home, contains Mamel’s varied and extensive collection of trophies and there is a new but very sympathetically built lodge, which is perfect for smaller groups of 6 to 8 people. We had several very successful days there last season and are very much look forward to working with Mamel and Pedro next season.

La Cuesta is run by a wonderfully enthusiastic family, headed by Jesus-Alberto Muela and his son Jesus-Alberto Jr, who is the Spanish doyen of very high driven partridges over some really remarkable ground. The estate is made up of a never ending number of valleys and gorges which allow Jesus to show some extremely challenging partridges and he is absolutely passionate about constant improvements to the shooting. La Cuesta suits guns who really want their birds 30 yards plus and fast! There are again two houses on the property, La Cuesta, the newer of the two lodges located in the centre of the estate and the original lodge Las Beastas, which is a short drive into the main valleys of the shoot. Both houses provide very comfortable accommodation with ample room for large teams of guns. If your perception of driven partridges in Spain was the ‘Spanish Grouse’ then let La Cuesta convert you.

All in all 2010/11 was one of the best seasons that we have had in Spain. The draw of testing birds and good bag sizes all the way through to February/March seems to be increasing and if you compare like for like Spanish shooting still provides excellent value for money even when considering a weak British Pound.

There are also great opportunities to mix partridge shooting with excellent stalking and/or driven big game such as wild boar, red stags or mouflon. 

For further information please contact Adam Bromfield.