LEASING OF SHOOTS
There are leased 3 pheasant shoots, 2 duck shoots and one roe deer hunt annually. In connection with the shoots, the Estate will be will glad to offer dinners and lodgings at the Manor house. (see Gastronomies).For further details, or for those interested in leasing a shoot, please contact Count Peter Bernstorff on the following address firstname.lastname@example.org
SHOOTING ON THE ESTATE
Gjessinggaard is situated about 10 km north of Randers, and lies down to the beautiful Randers fjord, which actually works as an autumn resort for large flocks of ducks and geese.
The white three-winged Baroque Manor house, built in 1747, lies adorned upon the rise above Tvede Stream valley whose steep slopes cut across the estate from south to north right out to the fjord.
The hunting area of Gjessinggaard is around 600 hectares, divided between 200 hectares forests and woodland, 350 hectares organic farming lands and 50 hectares grasslands. As Gjessinggaard has a very sculptured terrain, which changes between forest, woods, farmlands and fields, valley and meadows it is known as one of Jutland’s most attractive hunting areas.
There are 12 large ponds and lakes on the estate, and due to their placement out towards the fjord, they have a rich duck migration throughout the season. Throughout the whole of September and October there are Teals within almost every pond, and there is a fantastic evening flight towards the ponds.
As well as the many wild Mallards, Teals, Shovelers, Widgeons and Pintails which also find their way into the lakes and ponds, the gamekeeper releases each year in May a number of mallard ducklings.
Besides the dusk-flights there are only a few duck shoots during the season.
There is a fine population of wild pheasants that are supplemented with the release of birds reared in large, open aviaries, from where they then spread themselves throughout the terrain. The pheasants are released as 8-week-old chicks in July and the first shoot is only held 4 months thereafter. Four driven shoots are held during the season, where the idea is to use the hilly terrain in order to present very high-flying pheasants.
The population of Roe Deer has increased dramatically the last few years, and today it stands of around 200 deer. There are shot 6 to 8 summer buck and around 25 roes and lambs yearly. So that there is as little disturbance as possible, most of the Roes and lambs are shot in only two rifle hunts in December, without the use of dogs. There is no roe deer hunting with shotgun on the estate.
Since the present owner took over the management of the estate, the biotope has been improved yearly, in the form of high tree and bush hedge plantations, field corner plantations, the revival of duck ponds and the digging of new ponds or dams. In 1998 the estate was turned into an organic farming organisation, and today all the lands and fields are organic.
In Tvede stream, which runs for approximately 2,5 km through Gjessinggaard, there has been executed much work in order to better the spawning and rearing of sea trout and their offspring. Sea-trout, of up to 5 or 6 kilos, can now be observed within the established spawning pools in the late autumn.
With the practice of hunts and shoots on Gjessinggaard, there is a strong emphasis for the respect of all nature, inclusive of animals, flora and fauna. There are well allocated time spans, with as little disturbance as possible, between the hunts and shoots, and during the shoots, which are orderly and organised:
There is no long distance shooting, however it is expected that the guns are ready and eager when the birds are flushing.
There are always plenty of retrieving dogs at each shoot, and it is up to the gun to clearly inform the nearest dog attendant the whereabouts of the shot or wounded birds so that the search can be done as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
There is always a spoor dog on a roe deer hunt, and only rifle shooting.
There is not to be shot with steel pellets in the interest of the forestry production.
There is not to be shot with lead pellets in interest of the nature, (by Danish law).
All transport is by foot, as we feel that this lends an intimacy between man and nature.
With concern to security, all dangerous shots will be promptly penalised with the immediate expulsion of the gun in question.