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  1. 2017 Grouse Season

    Article written by Mark Osborne - FRICS, FAAV, MBAE 19 May 2017

    Prospects For The Coming Grouse Season It is extremely difficult in May to accurately forecast what the grouse are going to be like in August, but if the weather continues as it has been for the past two months, then Read the Rest…

  2. Grouse 2016: Moor Records Tumble!

    Article written by James Chapel MRICS 14 December 2016

    The 2016 grouse season certainly started with high hopes for moor owners on both sides of the Scottish Border with good healthy stocks of grouse over wintering in relatively strong conditions despite fairly mild weather at that time of the Read the Rest…

  3. Partridge Shooting Season

    Article written by James Chapel MRICS 27 October 2016

    Up until about twenty years ago those enjoying and able to afford driven game shooting in the United Kingdom followed a fairly set programme of events. In August and possibly early September they were to be found on the grouse Read the Rest…

  4. Tweed vs Technical

    Article written by Mark Osborne - FRICS, FAAV, MBAE 07 October 2016

      The first waterproof tweed shooting coat I saw was in the 1960’s and was designed by an American Air Force Officer based at USAF Lakenheath. He was a keen Shooting man and thought the English shooting coats that were Read the Rest…

  5. Boots vs Wellies

    Article written by Mark Osborne - FRICS, FAAV, MBAE 30 September 2016

    I was historically a boot man unless it really was very, very wet or I knew I would be crossing streams. Much of this is because years ago, the range of wellingtons available was limited and the quality was often Read the Rest…

  6. Breeks vs Trousers

    Article written by Mark Osborne - FRICS, FAAV, MBAE 25 September 2016

        I would never ever have imagined twenty years ago that I would ever be seen out shooting in other than Breeks. Gentlemen, just didn’t! I still love wearing Breeks which I accept some Guns feel uncomfortable in and Read the Rest…

  7. Accidents on a Grouse Moor – How to avoid them

    Article written by Mark Osborne - FRICS, FAAV, MBAE 27 August 2016

    The grouse season is now well under way, here are some top tips from Mark Osborne on how to remain accident free when shooting grouse.   There seems to have been considerably more shooting accidents on grouse moors in recent Read the Rest…

  8. Glorious Twelfth Essentials

    Article written by William Powell Country 11 August 2016

    The Glorious Twelfth is here! To kick start your season, we thought we would share our top ten essentials that would not go a miss (excuse the pun!) on the Grouse Moor! It’s’ very important that you are; a) Comfortable Read the Rest…

  9. GROUSE PROSPECTS FOR 2016

    Article written by Mark Osborne - FRICS, FAAV, MBAE 04 August 2016

    It is always difficult before the Season, even this close, to make accurate predictions as to what Grouse prospects are going to be across Moors from the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border right up to Caithness. However, this year is probably harder to Read the Rest…

  10. Shooting under threat in our National Parks

    Article written by William Powell Country 27 March 2016

    A recent survey which has been organised by The Campaign for National Parks (CNP) is asking the question whether shooting is compatible with our National Parks and therefore should occur in them. Tim Bonner, Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance, Read the Rest…