6th March 2015
Spring has arrived at Mornacott

With the arrival of our first calf at Mornacott, we know that Spring is finally here.  

With the arrival of our first calf at Mornacott, we know that Spring is finally here. To aid the first calving of our Red Ruby heifers, we put them to a smaller Aberdeen Angus bull. Born at 5.00am, this Devon cross Aberdeen Angus was the first of what will be many more early mornings and through the night deliveries for our stockman Charlie.  


22nd January 2015
Owen's day off

Owen the red deer pricket that has been such a regular attender on shoot days at Mornacott chose last Tuesday as his day off...

Owen the red deer pricket that has been such a regular attender on shoot days at Mornacott chose last Tuesday as his day off. It's often difficult to find beaters at the end of a long season and Owen's absence was particularly irritating as the team from Fieldsports TV had turned up especially with the intention of filming his antics. They did however manage to get some good footage of the shooting which can be seen here.

See it on YouTube here


23rd December 2014
Record breaking season

With Christmas upon us many of our regular beating and picking up team donned their usual festive garb (hats and Christmas sweaters!) for the final shoot before Christmas. They now have a well-earned break over Christmas and the New Year before we kick

With Christmas upon us many of our regular beating and picking up team donned their usual festive garb (hats and Christmas sweaters!) for the final shoot before Christmas. They now have a well-earned break over Christmas and the New Year before we kick off again for the final month of the season. And what a season it's been with many records broken in terms of bag and shot count but perhaps the most pleasing record to be broken is that our charity contributions to the "ABF The Soldiers' Charity" through guns' fines have already exceeded last year which was in itself another record. With nearly every team now rebooked for next year and numbers of early new enquiries we hope to do even better next season.


26th November 2014
Owen has found a new job!

Owen, our resident red deer frequently featured in these pieces, has found a new job! 

Owen, our resident red deer frequently featured in these pieces, has found a new job! He now frequently joins the beating line on shoot days much to the amusement of teams of guns. This shoot season shows all the signs of being one of our best to date and whilst this can’t all be attributed to Owen’s beating skills he often provides some welcome company to guns at the end of the drive. Thankfully with the rut nearing its end and testosterone levels falling he’s becoming a little less frisky as one or two female guns have found him rather too forward in his advances.  


2nd September 2014
Positive progress for Owen, our Red Deer calf

Back in August 2013 we reported on the progress of Owen the Red Deer calf which we had rescued from fencing and which had subsequently been abandoned by his mother. 

Back in August 2013 we reported on the progress of Owen the Red Deer calf which we had rescued from fencing and which had subsequently been abandoned by his mother. From his initial bottle feeding Owen has grown over the intervening months and has gradually become more independent (at least he doesn’t follow everyone around the place anymore!). He was a huge hit with holidaymakers in his youth and still remains much less shy than others of his species, coming to those he knows when called. He’s growing in to a fine young animal as the photographs show and it will be interesting to see how he changes as the rut approaches in Autumn. 


20th August 2014
Annual beaters' barbeque

We can’t believe that summer is coming to an end and what a summer it’s been, some gloriously hot long summer days with just enough rain to keep everything green but not enough to need waders. 

We can’t believe that summer is coming to an end and what a summer it’s been, some gloriously hot long summer days with just enough rain to keep everything green but not enough to need waders. The end of summer always heralds our annual beaters’ barbecue an event designed to thank the team for their efforts last year and to introduce new recruits to the old timers. This year all were fed on a home reared pig and some wonderful puds made by Joanna our new shoot cook all washed down with a selection of booze and copious amounts of Pimms and lemonade. 


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