British Driven Shooting - Green Acres Sportsman's Club
For over a hundred years avid American sportsmen have needed to travel to England or Scotland in order to participate in the great and traditional sport of Driven Wing (Game) shooting.
Dan & Cindy through their travels to different UK shooting estates had a vision of bringing the British style shooting experience to America and have now brought this to life here at the Green Acres Sporting Estate.
We offer the thrill of the British style driven shooting experience and invite all that enjoy time spent in the field with good friends, great shooting and hospitality to join us, for a truly exciting and sporting day, without having to cross the Atlantic.
Each of our shoot programs accommodates a line of 10 guns, and all shoots are based on 4 drives per day.
During the shoot you will be hosted by our resident English “Shoot Captain” Keith Coyle, who is assisted by our experienced team of beaters and dog handlers.
As is customary in the British hunting tradition, all of our events include full hospitality: breakfast, traditional "Elevensies" (nibbles and libations) and a post-shoot three-course gourmet supper, with wine pairings.
British shooting attire is strongly encouraged, although not obligatory but in all events, please leave your blaze orange and camouflage attire at home.
The Downton Day - Simulated British Driven Shooting
Experience the most realistic simulated driven wing shooting, the very best hospitality; book your place on our “Downton day”, its “Where Wing Meets Clay”!
This is your chance to experience the excitement and traditions of the Classic British Driven Shoot season from August to January, all in this single day, that will replicate every element of real, Grouse, Pheasant and Partridge shooting but using clay pigeons as the quarry to recreate the “Beaten Drive” with birds constantly flying over the Gun Line from singles to full “Coveys”. It’s Fast, It’s Furious and it’s Great Fun!!
The day will begin, as always, with the shoot breakfast during which the Shoot Captain will provide a brief on the various “Drives”, Safety rules & Etiquette requirements. Following this will be the Traditional “Drawing of Pegs”, to allocate your place in the line and then Guns will move to the Field where they will work in pairs taking turns to both shoot & load for their partner.
Places for the day are limited to 10 guns.
Traditional shoot attire is appreciated although not essential. Comfortable Country Clothing is fine with shirt & tie, preferably no camo /real tree.
Hearing and eye protection is a requirement and we recommend to the guns of the day that they expect to shoot at least 300 to 350 cartridges.
Itinerary for the day
• 9:00 /9 :15 Arrival
• 9:30 Traditional breakfast sandwich “banjos”, shoot brief, and drawing of “pegs”
• 9:55 Move to the field
• 10:00 Grouse Butts (Driven Grouse)
• 10:30 River Tree Bend ( October Partridge & Pheasant
• 11:00 Elevensies – drinks and snacks in the field
• 11:30 High Pines East (November/ December High Pheasant)
• 12:15 Tip Top Tower ( Christmas/New Year Soaring Pheasants)
• 1:00 Return to the lodge to freshen up and enjoy a pre-dinner drink
• 1:30/2:00 Shoot dinner is served with matched wines & Port
Shoot fees are: $350 per member Gun & $395 per non member Gun inclusive of: Breakfast, Elevensies and Traditional post Shoot Diner with matched Wines & Port.
Non shooting Guests are welcome to enjoy the day at Food & Beverage fees of
$65 per member guest and $75 per non member guest.
If you want to experience the most realistic simulation of true British Driven shooting with fast & furious action & the very best hospitality, being run on either side of the Atlantic, then you need to book your place on our “Downton day”, it doesn’t matter if you’re a dedicated Sporting Clay’s enthusiast, Upland or Duck hunter, this event suits all, it’s the day “Where Wing Meets Clay!
To reserve your place on one of the upcoming seasons scheduled “Downton Days” or to book your very own exclusive private event on any week day or weekend, then contact the Club office by phone, email or message via the Club’s Face book page; https://www.facebook.com/huntgreenacres/
The “Grand Battue” Driven Tower Shoot
“The Grand Battue”, The Big Beaten Drive, brings together all of the elements of a great shoot, from warming up the barrels shooting multiple clay targets from our 60’ Tower simulated High Pheasant Drive, in readiness to tackle the live Driven Pheasant drives from our two woodland concealed towers. The day will begin, as always, with breakfast during which the Shoot Captain will provide a brief on the various “Drives”, Safety Rules and Etiquette requirements. Following this will be the Traditional “Drawing of Pegs”, to allocate your place in the line and then Guns will move to the field.
Here you will start with a Simulated Drive of high pheasants from the Famous Greenacres Tower to warm up the barrels, and then this is followed by the first Driven Pheasant release from “Prairie Tower” of 125 birds over 5 rotations.
At 11 am we stop for the traditional “Elevensies” mid morning break for snacks and drinks.
The Grand Day Finale’ is a second Drive of 125 Pheasants released over 5 rotations from “Tristan’s Wood.
With Shooting completed Guns return to the Clubhouse for a traditional Home-cooked Gourmet Post Shoot 3 course dinner served with matched wines.
This 250 bird release shoot is strictly limited to 10 Guns. Full hospitality is included and British Shooting or American Classic Attire is preferred (so please leave your blaze orange and/or camouflage attire at home).
2019/2020 Seasons Pricing:
“The Grand Battue Driven Tower Shoot”: $745.00 Members and $800.00 Non-Members.
Non shooting guests are welcome to come along and enjoy the Traditional Shoot Festivities, Member Guest fees are $85 and non Member Guest Fees are $95.
As well as joining us on our pre planned Shoot/Hunt events you can also book your own day for Private Groups or Corporate Parties, so if you would like to plan ahead for this seasons Shoot please call the Club office where either John, Keith and Dan will be pleased to advise.
British Style Driven Mallard Shoot
This is your opportunity to experience a full British Style Driven Flighted Mallard Shoot, which is unlike the traditional American duck hunt, as there is no need for blinds, waders or camouflage.
Shooters will be assigned a peg (shooting position) on the bank, positioned in the flight path. The ducks are driven towards the guns and you will experience high-flying Mallards filling the sky above you.
This 200 ratio Bag (Bird) Shoot is strictly limited to 8 Guns and as with all our British Style Days, full hospitality of Breakfast, Mid Morning Elevensies and a Home Cooked Gourmet Post Shoot Diner with paired Wines is included. In the spirit of the day British shooting or American Classic attire is preferred so if possible please leave your blaze orange and/or camouflage attire at home.
The day will begin, as always, with breakfast during which the Shoot Captain will provide a brief on the various “Drives”, Safety Rules and Etiquette requirements. Following this will be the Traditional “Drawing of Pegs”, to allocate your place in the line and then Guns will move to the field.
Here Guns will be assigned their Peg and will shoot two full drives before returning to the Club House for “Elevensies”.
After a 30 minute break Guns return to the waterway to shoot two more drives which will continue until the full bag is shot.
2019/2020 Seasons Pricing:
British Driven Mallard Shoot: $915.00 Members. Non-Members $970.00.
Non shooting guests are welcome to come along and enjoy the Traditional Shoot hospitality, Member Guest fees are $50.00 and non Member Guest Fees are $65.00
To view a short video of our first ever Driven Mallard shoot please see below
As well as joining us on our pre planned Shoot/Hunt events you can also book your own day for Private Groups or Corporate Parties
So if you would like to plan ahead for next seasons Shoot please call the Club office where either John, Keith and Dan will be pleased to advise.
Green Acres Sporting Estate presents a British Driven “Trifecta”!
In Great Britain and Scotland, wing shooting opens with driven grouse on August 12th, the “Glorious Twelfth”.
In Illinois, at Green Acres Sporting Estate, we will be opening the season of driven shooting with our own “Glorious Trifecta”, a three-day extravaganza of driven shooting destined to become one of the most unique events in the history of American Sporting Shooting. This is your chance to be part of it...
Friday October 2nd: Our "Downton Day" is a Simulated Driven Shoot. Multiple clays are thrown simultaneously and in rapid succession in the direction of the line of shooters to replicate the experience of a shooting driven partridge and pheasant. The day includes unlimited Clay Birds; be prepared to shoot around 350 shells! This is the ideal way to practice for the following days’ events!
Saturday October 3rd: “La Grande Battue”, French for “The Big Beaten Drive”, brings together all the elements of a great shoot. We’ll warm up the barrels by shooting multiple clay targets from our 60 foot tower. Then, it’s on to confront the 500 pheasants released from our two woodland-concealed towers. Pegs – namely, places on the line of shooters will be strategically placed around the towers’ circumference and are rotated periodically.
As is traditional on a Scottish Estate Shoot party weekend the Saturday post shoot Diner is an evening Dress event with Gentlemen in Jacket and Tie and Ladies in evening/cocktail Dress attire. We will have Green Acres own Bagpiper on hand to “Pipe” the Diner centerpiece round the table and then entertain Guests through the evening.
Because of diner being served at 6.30pm, there will be a High Tea of Sandwiches and cakes served for Guns and guests on their return from the field at approx. 3pm, allowing time to retire to change for the evening.
Sunday October 4th: Unlike the traditional American duck hunt, there are no blinds, waders or camouflage in our Continental Mallards shoot. Shooting pegs are located on the shoreline, positioned in the flight path of the driven ducks. You will experience high-flying Mallards filling the sky above you. Pegs will be rotated periodically and the final drive will end when we reach our bag of 240 birds.
Our British Driven Trifecta is comprised of the three signature events upon which Green Acres Sporting Estate has built its reputation as a premiere British-style shooting establishment:
Downton Day, La Grande Battue & Continental Mallards.
As is customary in the British hunting tradition, all of our events will include full hospitality: breakfast, traditional "Elevensies" (nibbles and libations) and a post-shoot three-course gourmet supper, with wine pairings. British style or American Classic shooting attire is strongly encouraged (but in all events, please leave your blaze orange and camouflage attire at home).
PLEASE NOTE: - In keeping with the Etiquette of a British Driven Shoot, only Over & Under or Side By Side Guns are to be used, NO SEMI AUTOS PLEASE! As these are not permitted on a British Estate.
For those of you coming from a distance (or those who just want to get away!), we are also including a kick-off dinner on the evening of Thursday, October 10th at the Green Acres clubhouse. For local accommodation options see HERE
If you would like to see the event from 2017 please see our videos page HERE
This event is limited to 10 Pegs and is sold only as a package, priced at $2,081.00 per gun for Green Acres members and for non-members, $2,329.00 per gun.
Non-shooting guests/Loaders are welcome to attend and enjoy the events’ hospitality. For non-shooting guests event hospitality fees are:
Friday Downton Day; Members $65, Non Members $85
Saturday Grand battue; Members $95, Non Members $115
Sunday Driven Mallard; Members $85, Non Members $95
To reserve your peg on this truly unique shooting event, please call the Club office on (217 395 2588), call Keith on 217 579 0229, or email as soon as possible.
"Privately booked Trifecta events are priced at $2,081.00 for members and $2,350.00 for non-members"