So that’s the first couple of weeks of the Grouse Season over and done with and by gosh they’ve been corkers!
Before we head into the forthcoming weeks of the season, we have our Sporting Agent Review to share with you. One of our agents has been working on one of our picturesque moors across the beautiful North West landscape.
Our agent had the pleasure of hosting a delightful team of six guns who were partaking in their first days Grouse shooting. The team were experienced Partridge shots but had never shot Grouse before – they were in for a real treat. The team were in knowledgeable hands, accompanied by an experienced team of loaders who had all completed a LANTRA approved loading course.
Shooting on the Tuesday took place at Eastend and Asholme which comprised of five exciting drives. The Grouse flew particularly well, with an unusually strong summer’s breeze, courtesy of Hurricane Bertha, providing exciting yet challenging shooting for the team of guns, with grouse speeding over the butts in small coveys of 8-11. Tuesday was reviewed as a pleasing start to the season finishing with a bag size of 109 brace.
After an exhilarating day on the moor, the team of guns retreated to the shoot lodge which was recently completed after a significant renovation. The lodge itself is located in the heart of the beautiful estate with the benefit of its own secure Gunroom. It has nine luxuriously finished bedrooms, a drawing room, beautifully furnished dining room and fully equipped kitchen ready for all of our guests needs.
The following day took us to Lowbeat where the guns were treated to our picturesque drives. With the wind showing no sign of calming the Grouse, once again, provided amazing sport. These testing conditions were especially highlighted on the third drive, where the guns had to have all their wits about them in order to trouble the picker uppers.
The day was rounded off with a delicious home cooked dinner comprising a Grouse starter with lobster thermidor for main. Whilst the guns enjoyed their dinner, the bag size was counted by the head keeper and our sporting agent which totaled 130 brace – a satisfying result for quick Grouse in strong wind!
Despite only having six guns in the line, an impressive shooting display from first time Grouse shots made for an entertaining start to the season, long may it continue!
To see what our other Sporting Agents are getting up to throughout the season follow us via William Powell Sporting and William Powell Country – we are sure to report some Bag Records!
Look out for our second sporting agent review next week for an update just off the Moor…