2014 Grouse Prospects

2014 Grouse Prospects I repeat the comments I made in April here – Fortunately it has been cool enough to prevent “worm” thriving through this years wet winter months of December, January and end February ! Large stocks almost universal across all moors, probably due to late maturing birds (later …

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July 2013 Grouse Update

We have had a favourable time here on the Pennines throughout late May and June and the Grouse chicks seem to have done well.  The felling is that the broods are on average slightly smaller than last year as I predicted, although some good sized broods have been seen on …

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May 2013 Grouse Update

Since my thoughts in January,  I was correct in my prediction of the late snow. The general consensus amongst Keepers is that the grouse would not have been able to lay eggs in early April, particularly on the high ground where the snow did not go until mid April.  Therefore …

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Grouse Prospects for 2012

(1) Background (See Outlook for 2012 season) Another open dry winter with no prolonged periods of wet and windy weather with a dry warm March meant grouse were in excellent condition coming into the key breeding period. Combined with large over-wintering stocks gave the foundation for a potentially productive hatching …

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Grouse Outlook for 2012 Season

We have experienced a rollercoaster Spring after a very dry early late Winter and exceptional warm conditions in March.  April and May have turned out to be one of the coldest, wettest Springs for some time. Generally the grouse had a very dry Winter and came into the Spring in …

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Grouse Review for 2011

We have had the busiest grouse season that Dalesport has ever experienced, certainly the number of driven days sold plus half a dozen smaller outside days – over 70 days. All the shooting we have had on offer by the party or individually has been sold bar one day which …

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