It’s a sure sign that Summer is fast approaching, when the Cuckoo can be heard echoing through the Delphi valley. Everything seems to burst into life over a very short period of time, with the different species of […]
Delphi organizes four woodcock shoots each winter, two in December and two in January. These are semi-driven shoots for 8-10 guns, with teams of beaters and dogs. They are run over three days each, in association with a houseparty in Delphi Lodge.
Non-shooting wives or companions may also join in the houseparty at preferential rates. Parties of fifteen or more people are given exclusive use of Delphi Lodge for the weekend. Strict conservation standards are applied and the extensive forests and woods owned or leased by Delphi are never shot more than once a season. Delphi is a supporter of the Irish Woodcock Association and assists with research into these wonderful migratory birds. Strict safety standards are also applied and all guns must have lengthy shooting experience and comprehensive personal insurance. Because extensive walking and fence-crossing may be involved, the Delphi shoots are not suitable for the elderly or infirm.
The European woodcock population is in a very healthy state, but the numbers that migrate to Ireland will vary from year to year and from week to week, according to the weather. The number of birds shot each day will also vary widely and those who want to shoot guaranteed large numbers of birds should look elsewhere. The Delphi shoots are for those who love winter in the west of Ireland, who enjoy the atmosphere of a great houseparty in a beautiful location with great food, and who relish the unique opportunity to partake of an ancient pastime, seeking out a very special bird while accompanied by hordes of spaniels and retrievers in their natural element.
Picnic lunches are taken “on the hoof” and each day is rounded off with a pint or two in front of a turf fire in the local pub, followed by a delicious dinner at Delphi and a most comfortable night’s sleep. The shooting parties are very popular and are generally re-booked year after year by the same groups. We operate a waiting list for those who cannot immediately secure a slot.
During the months of December and January, Delphi Lodge can be booked exclusively by groups who wish to spend a few days in the West of Ireland woodcock shooting.
Woodcock are a migratory game bird that arrive into Ireland from Scandanavia, Eastern Europe and Russia, from late November onwards and are a highly sought after sporting game bird. A Delphi shoot involves groups up to a maximum of 10 guns booking the Lodge for 3 days full board along with 2.5 days driven woodcock shooting. Non shooting wives/partners are welcome.
These are very special days at Delphi and are a perfect mixture of time spent in remote rugged landscapes in the sporting pursuit of a unique game bird whilst experience the comfort and traditions of an old hunting lodge. Breakfast each morning is in the lodge, with lunch enjoyed, out in the woods, along with the beaters. Shooting on into the early evening before returning to the lodge for a wonderful dinner around our large communal dining table, followed by coffee, homemade chocolates and of course drinks and tall tales by the fire.