grouse shooting infographic

BASC highlights “Glorious Twelve” benefits of grouse shooting

BASC has released an infographic pictured here to illustrate the benefits of grouse shooting. Chairman of BASC’s Gameshooting and Gamekeeping Committee Ian Grindy said heather moorland managed for grouse benefits conservation and wildlife. He said “BASC is highlighting the 12 benefits of grouse shooting so that people can make their…

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Walked-up grouse. What could be more fun for man and dog?

Human I am not just referring to the vertiginous climbs required to access the heather, which have been known to put paid to a chap’s ambitions to walk-up a grouse before the undertaking has even started. No, I am talking about the need for total control of both man and dog.…

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Pigeon or grouse – which is the more sporting bird?

Among the lucky shooters who have shot both grouse and pigeon, there is a long-standing debate about which of these birds takes the more skill to shoot and provides the most testing sport. During a conversation with a friend at The CLA Game Fair, I came up with a fairly adventurous…

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How should you prepare for the grouse shooting season?

A: It is so nice to hear that you, along with many others, are getting into grouse shooting again. The last five or six grouse shooting seasons have been excellent. This is mainly due to good management and good investment by the shoot owners, meaning the moors have become much more…

Roxburghe Hotel Kelso

Roxburghe Hotel Kelso review

I can’t resist humming the theme from Mike Hodge’s Get Carter whenever I head north on the East Coast Mainline. When I make the journey, sometimes with a shotgun in the guard’s van (not for use in retribution for my brother’s murder, of course), I travel full of curiosity for…

Red grouse

Red grouse feature on CLA Game Fair official show guide

The winning image was particularly relevant for this year’s event, located at Harewood House in Yorkshire, a county which has large populations of red grouse on its heather moorlands. Owen is highly regarded for his atmospheric watercolours portraying animals and birds such as stags, woodcock, grouse and snipe. He is…

Shooting Times 10 Jan 1931

From Shooting Times – Saturday 10 January 1931

“At Faversham County Petty Sessions, Walter James Fisher, of Maidstone was summoned for trespassing in pursuit of game, taking game without a licence and firing a gun within fifty feet of the centre of the road at Newnham, on October 15. Defendant pleaded guilty. Superintendent Hoare said that the wife…

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Bagging your sporting rights

You pick up a sporting magazine and an advertisement catches your eye. It’s offering shooting rights. You’ve always dreamed of managing a little grouse moor or pheasant shoot, and inviting a few friends to join you in starting up a syndicate. These opportunities don’t come along too often, so this…

grouse shooting archive video

Video: Grouse shooting in the 1970s

This video contains previously unissued footage of grouse shooting in the 1970s. It shows one man aiming at grouse with a loader at his side as well as dogs picking up the grouse from the heather. This short five minute video gives a real sense of being on the grouse…

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Marks & Spencer grouse sales on hold

Marks & Spencer has announced that it will not be stocking red grouse this season. The retailer told The Times that it will resume stocking the bird once it has received “independent confirmation” that its supplier estates comply with a code of practice it is developing with the RSPB and…

How to make a complaint about a game shoot

How to make a complaint about a shoot

Our sport is possibly one of the most evocative of any pastime, and good memories from the season linger throughout the summer, sometimes enduring for years when a chance reminder brings the moment back to life again. On the whole, we are very positive about our sport, and the casual,…