As the grouse season draws to a close this weekend, many moor owners, keepers and shooters around the UK will be reflecting on one of their best years in decades, with some moors planning to shoot right up to the last day this Saturday.

In parts of the UK?s uplands, numbers of birds have been high. In England, a large swathe of the uplands from the Northern Dales up to the North Pennines has experienced exceptional seasons, with many daily bags upwards of 200 brace.

Shooting Times columnist Lindsay Waddell, headkeeper on the Raby Castle estate in Co Durham, said: ?It has been an exceptional year for most of us in the North Pennines. The only fly in the ointment this year has been the wind, both the strength of it and the direction. If your moor is suited to driving birds in a south-westerly wind, you will have been fine. If it didn?t then you?d have been in trouble from day one.?

The rest of this article appears in the 7th December issue of Shooting Times.

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