Not such a Glorious Twelfth! The annual grouse shooting season starts a day late but poor weather fails to deter enthusiasts
- Moors across the country echoed to the sound of shotguns this morning for the country sport staple
- The season started a day late after August 12 landed on a Sunday which enthusiasts don’t shoot on
- Grouse shooting is worth an estimated £67 million, and creates hundreds of jobs, aiding the British economy
The annual grouse shooting season officially started across Scotland today despite concerns over poor weather hindering shoots.
Enthusiasts took to the moors this morning as the first shots got underway for the event that has been a staple in the country sports’ calendar for decades.
Forneth Moor in Perthshire echoed to the sound of shotguns this morning as a shooting party organised by the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group got the season underway.
The annual grouse shooting season started today in Scotland, a day late. Despite concerns over poor weather conditions hindering the sport, a shooting party began the tradition on Dunkeld, Scotland
Two women from a shooting party socialise mid-shoot on Forneth Moor while carring shotguns and wearing ear protectors.O The low-flying red grouse, known to be an extremely fast and challenging target
Young Angus Turnbull, 14, from Dunning, Perth and Kinross, bagged his first brace of grouse with an outstanding right and left shot.
He said: ‘It was great being out in the countryside and I was very fortunate to get my brace.’
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Justine Muir and Sheila Eastwood from the Scottish Ladies Shooting Club joined the party.
Justine, from Cupar, Fife, said: ‘Being able to shoot on the very first day of the season is a great thrill and I’m delighted that so many local businesses such as hotels benefit from any day when shooting takes place.’
The Glorious Twelfth marks the traditional event which sees many country sports enthusiasts heading to the moors to shoot the game in past decades
The game management controls any overpopulation of the grouse which may occur. Species such as the golden plover and the lapwing have benefited from this management
A 14-year-old from Dunning, Perth and Kinross, bagged his first brace of grouse with an outstanding right and left shot as Andrew Grainger from the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group says it will be a challenging year
Sheila Eastwood, from Bankfoot, Perthshire, added: ‘The first day of the season is tremendously exciting and there’s no doubt that grouse shooting is a great Scottish story.
‘A day out shooting is as much social as it is sporting.’
Andrew Grainger, of the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group, said: ‘We know that it will be a challenging season this year but people who enjoy shooting are extremely passionate about it.
‘It was great to see such a mixture of people out today including young lads and ladies.’
A dog retrieves a a grouse shot on Forneth moor as the busiest day of the hunting season begins. England’s moorland owners have dedicated more than £50million annual spend on the conservation of threatened species, with the money gained from grouse shooting contributing to aiding in this
The grouse shooting which contributes £32million to the Scottish economy and supports 2,640 full jobs in remote areas had to be rescheduled to today because August 12 landed on a Sunday which they do not do shoot on, but Angus Turnbull (above) caught two on the first day of the event
The first grouse shot at Forneth was bagged by Rick Raeburn who lives locally.
Grouse shooting contributes £32 million to the Scottish economy and supports 2,640 full jobs in remote areas.
This years ‘Glorious Twelfth’ started on a Monday because August 12 landed on a Sunday as experts say it had to be rescheduled because they do not do shooting on a Sunday.
A member of the shooting party holds grouse which has been described as the finest gamebird in the world on the Scottish moors today
The Glorious Twelfth: How mid August date is traditionally the busiest day of the shooting season
A member of the shooting party holding a red grouse on Forneth Moor, Scotland
The Glorious Twelfth marks the opening day of the red grouse shooting season, which can be found in the heather uplands of England and Scotland.
It considerably boots the rural economy and provides moorland management.
The Red Grouse, unique to the British Isles, has been described as the finest gamebird in the world.
It is known to be a challenging gamebird to shoot due to it being an extremely fast, low flying bird, who keeps to the contours of the moor.
The grouse shooting industry is worth an estimated £67 million, and creates hundreds of jobs, aiding the British economy.
England’s moorland owners have dedicated more than £50million annual spend on the conservation of threatened species, with the money gained from grouse shooting contributing to aiding in this.
The game management controls any overpopulation of the grouse which may occur.
Species such as the golden plover and the lapwing have benefited from this management.
The shoot helps to provide game meat to be sold by retailers, which is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, and has also led to British Association for Shooting Conversation releasing limited edition crisps, flavoured with grouse and pheasant.
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