A European Tradition in the American West

Andy Anderson

The English tradition of driven grouse shooting has made its way to the United States. 

English driven shooting—flushing out or driving estate-raised game birds toward stationary guns—still thrives in England and Spain, and unexpectedly in eastern Idaho, where Lars and Jen Magnusson operate Blixt & Co., about 90 miles west of Jackson, Wyoming. Lars, a Swede who trained at the prestigious West London Shooting School, is faithful to the sport’s heritage and etiquette, down to the tweed breeks and break-open guns. More than 40 staff—including two gamekeepers to oversee the pheasant and partridge habitat—support groups of no more than eight hunters. Tented lunches in the field and wine dinners are produced in grand style. Drives from $9,500; 307-733-5450; onpeg.com.