Grouse Shooting

Red grouse are only found in northern England and Scotland and are hunted in 3 main ways. Walked up with retrievers and shot as they flush, walked up and shot over pointer dogs and driven by beaters to a line of 8 or 10 guns

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The bags on driven days can reach 200 and more brace (a pair of birds) per day in England, but days of more than 100 brace are rare in Scotland. The Scottish bag is more likely to be between 50 and 90 brace per day. Teams of 8 to 10 guns are usual and such teams are often groups of friends but sometimes I take individuals from many sources to make up a team. This allows people from all corners of the globe to come together and shoot grouse and from such beginnings lifelong friendships are often forged.

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Walked up grouse, with or without pointers, allows small teams to shoot grouse with as few as 2 guns shooting over a pointer and as many as 8 walking in line abreast with spaniels and labradors. Bags of 5 brace per day to 30 or 40 brace are possible with 3or 4 brace per gun per day being typical. Those who wish to walk up grouse must be fit as the hills can be steep and the ground underfoot is uneven and often wet and slippery. However, for those with the right constitution there is nothing more satisfying than a day with the dogs walking up grouse.

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