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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Grouse Update June 2011

Most of the moors reported a good hatching time with little inclement weather apart from some localised heavy showers and hail storms affected some of the more southern moors in the dales.  The further west have seen higher rainfall and some quite cold temperatures, notably down to 6o on the …

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Grouse Letting Market

I have had reports that Dalesport has only let 40% of the shooting that we usually organise.  As can be seen by the list of availability there are not many days available.  The regular shoot dates on moors with which we are associated are fully committed letting programme and contracted …

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