Simpler Times - European Style Shooting in the USA

Inspired by the great driven shoots in England and Scotland, yet close to home in Southern Pines, North Carolina, our inaugural Simpler Times shoot will be held in March 2020. 

Simpler Times

This year, I am celebrating my 50th year in the wing and clay shooting world, and my 40th year in the outfitting business. To mark these important anniversaries in my sporting life, I have created a very special shoot that I call "Simpler Times".

For a long time now, I have been trying to bring back to life some of the legendary shooting history of Pinehurst, North Carolina, my hometown for the past 10 years, so sportsmen like you may experience the enjoyable shooting traditions that made this the center of clay target and bobwhite quail hunting in the United States for more than 75 years.

With this inaugural shoot, I am bringing the driven shooting experience here, to the Sandhills, in south central North Carolina, inspired by the great driven shoots in England and Scotland, in as close to a natural setting, and with as many wild, high-flying birds as possible.

I am pleased to announce that my friend Chris Dewitt is working with me on this exciting venture. He is well-known around the country for the quality gamebirds he raises -- about a half million birds each year -- comprising ducks, pheasants, qual, and chukars on his 1,500 acre family farm, just 20 minutes from Southern Pines. The rolling hills, pristine ponds, and rural atmosphere are ideal for driven birds.

Simulated Clays and Driven Birds

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The first morning, Tuesday, we present a 1,000-clays, minimum, of simulated birds and after lunch, a 200 (live) bird driven shoot.

The second day will be a 300-bird event. In the morning, we will shoot two drives, have “elevenses,” and shoot another drive before lunch. One, possibly two drives will be held after lunch. The cost of this three-night, two-day shooting event is $2999, and includes your lodging, transportation to and from Duncraig, breakfast, elevenses, lunch at the shoots, dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, cleaning and processing birds. Non-shooting spouses are welcome for an additional $500, double occupancy. Arrangements will be made in advance for shopping, lunches, sightseeing. The famous Weymouth Center is directly across the street from Duncraig Manor.

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BEST WINGSHOOTING clients who come to shoot with me in “Simpler Times” will be staying at Duncraig Manor, a magnificent estate located in the famous horse country of Southern Pines, North Carolina. The white-washed and timber English Tudor-style mansion is set on five acres of gardens and was built in the 1920s by the chairman of the Quaker Oats Company. Duncraig’s present owners, Don and Caroline Naysmith, recently completed an 18-month restoration to exacting historical standards and offer all the amenities you would expect of a luxury boutique hotel.

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Simpler Times Inaugural Event

Monday, March 2 to Thursday, March 5

Monday, March 9 to Thursday, March 12 (contingent on demand)


I am creating the driven shooting experience here, in the United States and doing it in a manner
 suggestive of the great driven shoots in England and Scotland, in as close to a natural setting --
 and with as wild, high-flying birds as possible.
Your response and any thoughts you may have, is extremely 
important to me. I believe we have a great format and to ensure our success,
 have made our prices as low as possible. Granted, this is not Scotland -- but it
 is, historically, the premier clay target and bobwhite quail shooting grounds in
America from 1895 to 1970. And you’re not only getting a shoot of a lifetime,
 but you’re getting it at a fraction of the price of a U.K. shoot --and you don’t
 have to deal with the hassle of transatlantic flying.

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