grouse shooting

The grouse shooting season opens on August 12 and closes December 10. Grouse is a challenge for shooters because the birds fly fast, making them particularly testing.

In addition the habitat of grouse makes them hard to spot – they are mostly found in heather moorland.

The sport is regularly under fire by those that oppose it, from attempts to licence grouse moors to accusations of illegally killing birds of prey. However, a GWCT study estimated that shooting grouse could support over 1,000 jobs and contribute £23.3million to Scottish GDP.

The knowledge of the keepers, owners, moor managers and experts that work tirelessly on the conservation of moorland, the husbandry and management of grouse is essential.

Practice clay shooting

Practising clays from the grouse butt

Preparing for shooting grouse

It is important that you put the work in before you head to the moor. Find an experienced gameshooting instructor who shoots grouse who will be able to put you through your paces. Many clay grounds have special grouse butts where you can practise your technique and hone your skills.

grouse shootingWalked-up grouse

Walked-up grouse, whether over pointers or spaniels working in front, is memorable. You will need to be fit, as you’ll be walking over rough terrain and hills.

grouse butt

A grouse butt

Driven grouse

Here the Guns shoot from special grouse butts. When the drive is coming to an end you will hear constant loud horn blasts from the keepers in the beating line.

For those lucky enough to be heading to the grouse moors, shoot straight, have fun and above all, be safe.

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Grouse moor

The man-made idyll of grouse moors

Coming from the soft south, 
I didn’t see a live grouse until I was 19. That was in the summer of 1974, when I took off to the Cairngorms for a couple of weeks to go youth hostelling with a friend. There were new sights around every corner, with dotterel,…

grouse shooting

Etiquette tips you need to know before setting off for the grouse moors

If you’re lucky enough to be heading off to the grouse moors this season then you’ll want to make sure you behave correctly and following the right etiquette for grouse shooting. However, this isn’t just a matter of saying please and thank you. It’s all about behaving considerately towards your…

grouse shooting

Top tips for a Glorious season

As a game shooter living in deepest partridge country, I consider any time spent on a grouse moor as 
a treasured experience. The chance to shoot grouse in that landscape is a privilege, though one available to us all. But how do we make the most of our chances when…

Conservation on grouse moors

Police donation to BASC funds school trips on grouse moors

North Yorkshire Police has donated £3,000 to BASC, which will be used to enable hundreds of primary school children to experience first-hand the work done on conservation on grouse moors and 
to meet the people who do it. The grant came from the Police Property Fund, which turns unreturnable stolen…

on grouse moor

How the grouse debate was won

More than two years of hard campaigning by those who wanted to see driven grouse shooting banned has ended in complete failure. Securing parliamentary time for their issue was more than the anti-shooting campaigners dared hope for when they launched their latest petition to ban driven grouse shooting, and their excitement was palpable. The activists’ hopes were dashed however when what seemed…

Butt used in grouse shoots

Why restrictions on grouse shooting would reduce rural tourism

It will come as no surprise that the inquiry and debate into driven grouse shooting, which was triggered by the online petition on Parliament’s website calling for the sport to be banned, has been at the forefront of the Countryside Alliance’s activities over the past couple of months. However, we have also seen further “attacks” on shooting…

Houses of Parliament

MPs give overwhelming support to grouse shooting

The debate was never going to result in legislation but did represent an important opportunity to get some facts concerning moorland management into Hansard, the Parliamentary record. A large number of MPs attended and over 20 made contributions – which meant that speeches had to be restricted to seven minutes…

Red grouse

Highlights from yesterday’s Parliamentary grouse shooting debate

1/2 IN CONCLUSION: #GrouseShooting debate – @theresecoffey “Gov has no intention of banning DGS…” — Shooting Times (@ShootingTimes) October 31, 2016 2/2 IN CONCLUSION: #GrouseShooting debate – @theresecoffey “But every intention of bringing to justice those who break the law” — Shooting Times (@ShootingTimes) October 31, 2016 Stunning work @CAupdates…

grouse moor

Protecting grouse moors

With around 75 per cent of the world’s heather moorland located in the UK, tied with the fact that heather moorland habitat is in a more critical condition than the rainforests, it is clear that conservation and positive management of the moors to maintain this diverse habitat is vital for its survival. Continuing the overwhelming efforts of the previous generations…

Red grouse

SIGN the petition to keep grouse moors and grouse shooting

  Grouse shooting is under threat. And we need YOU to sign the petition to protect grouse shooting and grouse moors. The petition to ban grouse shooting is to be debated in Parliament on 31 October. To aid our side of the debate please SIGN the petition to protect grouse moors…

Grouse counts

Grouse counts with cocker and springer spaniels

There I was stretched out on a sun-kissed beach drinking cold rum and cokes when all of a sudden I could hear a high pitched shrieking – it was my alarm. As I slowly opened my eyes I realised it was 4.30am and I was “back up north” to help out on a couple of days’ grouse counting.…

walked-up grouse shooting

Fancy an affordable way of grouse shooting?

It always amazes me how quickly the season comes around, but here we go again — and if you are about to head north, I am sure the excitement is building. Grouse shooting, especially early-season driven grouse, is an expensive form of shooting. However, if you are keen to try shooting this amazing wild bird, then walked-up grouse…

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Rain and snow could mean a late start for some this grouse season

Bad weather has once again led to mixed prospects for the start of the upcoming grouse season, according to gamekeepers and sporting agents across England and Scotland. A prolonged period of wet weather, combined with very late snowfall, has led to reduced brood sizes in some areas and some cancelled days. However, keepers are confident that good sport will…