The Twelfth Approaches

It looks like it’ll be a mixed season for grouse

It looks like it’ll be a mixed year for grouse across the country after such a shocking Spring and Summer. I was due to cover some high profile days in Yorkshire as part of my journalism work, but all have since been cancelled thanks to counts which seemed to indicate that there were few young birds on the ground. Despite the fact that Galloway was in the thick of the bad weather, the red grouse on the Chayne seem to have done pretty well. It looks like I might be able to take a brace of birds off to commemorate the start of the season, which will be a welcome bonus after three years of self imposed drought.

However, it’s one thing to be able to shoot grouse and quite another to actually do it. It’s perfectly possible that nothing at all will come off the hill this year, and while it would be disappointing, it certainly wouldn’t be the end of the world…


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