Report for 2014 Grouse Season

Report for 2014 Grouse Season

 Writing this on the 2nd December I am very weary from another amazing grouse season.  The wild weather I predicted in the autumn did not arrive, so we had very benign conditions on most of the driven days for the majority of the shoots, with only a number of days being lost in November due to fog and low cloud.   All moors have had an exceptional season on the Pennines where the effects of bulgy eye have not got hold.  A very good season on the very high moors of the North York Moors although  the low moors that were affected by the heather beetle had much reduced bags but nearer their average.

 The grouse themselves have been in absolutely fantastic condition and we have had very little adverse (wet) weather to cope with, exceptional food source in perhaps the most intense flowers on the heather to eat and plenty of fruit on the crowberry and bilberry.  The grouse the majority are in super fit condition however some of the moors that were very fully stocked have reported climbing worm burdens in the absence of medicated grit during the shooting season.

 2014 will go down as an exceptionally memorable year for many moors but whether we will be able to continue these very productive seasons will be determined by nature.  We have had a succession of supine springs for hatching; however the bulgy eye has taken significant toll on some previously very productive moors.  It will be interesting to see how this “new” disease develops.

2014 will go down as an exceptionally memorable year for many moors but whether we will be able to continue these very productive seasons will be determined by nature.  We have had a succession of supine springs for hatching; however the bulgy eye has taken significant toll on some previously very productive moors.  It will be interesting to see how this “new” disease develops.

 Interest for 2015 in strong clearly with great numbers of shooting people experiencing grouse shooting with the recent increase of availability.

Interest for 2015 in strong clearly with great numbers of shooting people experiencing grouse shooting with the recent increase of availability.

 On the small issue of those who wish to come and try grouse shooting for the first time, a number of people with us this year coming grouse shooting for the first time in November, it really isn’t the optimum time to come and it is strongly recommended that they try and get on a smaller day, earlier in the season when weather light and velocity of the birds and gives the grouse novice a bit more opportunity and understanding of the dynamics for shooting grouse.  Which most novices struggle with especially if they do not have an experienced grouse moor loader to guide them.

 P.S. The 10th December was rather Christmas like on the Moor!

Like Christmas on The Moor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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