Shooting in the European Tradition
Tower ShootsContinental Shoots
While the majority of our hunts are behind pointing or flushing dogs, tower shoots, or continental shoots, are also very popular at Markover. Twelve stations, or buts, are positioned at various distances surrounding the central tower. Each station, containing 2 shooters, is arranged to keep the visibility of the tower at a bare minimum, if at all.
Birds are released from the central tower, 6-7 at a time, and fly full speed over the tree tops creating an extremely challenging shot for even the most seasoned shooter.
The shooters rotate stations after an equal number of birds have been released so that everyone has an opportunity to shoot at that day's hot stations.
Halfway through the day we break for a hearty lunch at the lodge. Following lunch we head back to the fields for the remaining afternoon portion of the shoot.
Springers, Labs and Goldens along with their handlers retrieve the downed birds as the shoot progresses.
All birds are evenly divided between the shooters at the end of the day and can be traded for cleaned birds for a small fee.
Hunting Rules, Supplies & Info
- No ammo restrictions
- No hunting license required (in-state and out-of-state)
- Two shooters per station
- Safety glasses and hearing protection is advised
- Please wear outdoor clothing including all terrain boots and either a hunter orange hat or vest
- Minimum age is 13 years old
- A lunchtime meal is served prior to second half of shoot
- All birds are evenly divided between shooters at day's end
- Birds traded/cleaned for a small fee
- Bring a cooler to take birds home.