Red Grouse Shooting Season is on its Way with the Glorious Twelfth

August 12th is upon us once again and with it comes the Glorious Twelfth! – The official start to the Red Grouse shooting season in Great Britain and Northern Ireland and one of the busiest days in the shooting calendar. Sam Walker, the Game and Gamekeeping Officer from the British Association for Shooting and Conversation (BASC) has been in touch and has given us the following information - “The general feeling is that this season looks very promising, with good preseason counts across the country” Looking at more specific regions, he also said – “In the Bowlands, the reports are looking very promising with good spring and preseason counts of Grouse thanks to periods of rain and humid conditions that has led to good insect numbers. North Derbyshire is also showing good preseason counts with healthy size broods, and in Scotland counts seem good as a whole but not record breaking. Overall, the season will depend very much on the weather conditions but the initial signs are looking promising” We would still recommend that you check with your destinations Moorland Manager to confirm they are open for shooting, more information on grouse numbers and any special measures that may have been put in place before planning your trip. To help you start the Red Grouse shooting season in style, John Norris of Penrith has a wide range of high quality shooting accessories and country clothing currently in stock. To help you get ready for the shooting season we recommend you treat yourself to the Musto Fenland Packaway Jacket available for £175. This shooting jacket is waterproof and breathable so ideal for protecting you against the British weather. If you’re new to shooting and need a complete outfit you should checkout our Fellmoor collection from Barbour which includes a jacket, a waistcoat and a pair of breeks. You can find more details of the dates for the Red Grouse shooting season and other popular UK hunting seasons in our previous article – Brief Guide to Popular UK Hunting Seasons