Although not all the figures are confirmed the usual gossip regarding the first day bags has been flying around after the opening day on the moors.
Although too much is often read into these figures – particularly as some moors are shot by non-paying guests of the owners and therefore likely to be shooting as many as possible and others are being shot by let parties contracted to limited bags of a fixed number of brace – it is always fascinating to hear how everyone has got on.
For the umpteenth year East Allenheads leads the field with a figure of 885 brace. The same team shoots Muggleswick today and it will be interesting to see how they get on there.
Also over 500 brace was one of the Lammermuirs moors, with Abbeystead and Stean ( Lord Vestey’s) also achieving fantastic bags in the 400’s. An amazing achievement on a moor the size of Scar on particular.
In the same area West Arkengarthdale and Gunnerside both shot around 250 brace in very strong winds more akin to October than August.
Bransdale achieved a very creditable 150 brace with a novice team that was rumoured to have been assisted by the England Cricket Captain and Knarsdale also went over 100 brace with only six Guns who had not seen a grouse before.
West Allenheads managed an excellent 330 brace and generally all moors appear to have had an excellent opening day in surprisingly testing conditions. A more typical August day weatherwise would have seen larger bags in many places.
Generally all who have shot to date will be very happy with what they have seen.