moors cover 550,000 acres of the UK, an area equivalent to the size of Greater London.
Partner Robert Rattray said: "Those lucky enough to have a surplus of grouse
will likely only be shooting a small number of days, mostly with family members and a core of regular clients.
A statement issued by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, Scottish Land & Estates and the Scottish Association for Country Sports said: "As part of a mosaic of sustainable land uses supporting fragile rural economies, we believe there is a bright future for grouse
moor management in Scotland."
Together Scotland and England have around 550,000 acres of grouse
Yorkshire Water leases 11 sections of moorland for grouse
shooting including Wessenden Head and Digley Moors, near Holmfirth.
have been living and breeding on the edges of north and mid Wales moorlands for centuries, with records dating back to the last ice age.
This review collates existing evidence on the suitability of predator control as a conservation measure in favour of grouse
In our upland areas there is further conflict between those who own or manage grouse
moors and conservationists.
It's not just the grouse
who suffer, either - vast numbers of animals such as foxes, stoats, squirrels, and weasels are also killed by shooters and gamekeepers to 'protect' the grouse
just long enough for them to be shot.
RSPB Scotland say controls are needed to help protect birds of prey, and environmental studies show driving grouse
devastates the land.
Critique: Mark Parman is the author of "A Grouse
Hunter's Almanac: The Other Kind of Hunting" (9780299249205, $29.95 HC; $15.95 PB, $9.99 Kindle) and the editor for "A Passion for Grouse
: The Lore and Legend of America's Premier Game Bird" (Wild River Press, 9780989523608, $75.00, HC, 548pp), and a member of the Ruffed Grouse
Society, American Woodcock Society, and Loyal Order of Dedicated Grouse
are the most widespread of all grouse
in the Phasianidae family.
cannot survive on vast clearings left after logging," photographer and environmentalist, Karol Kalisky says.
Having done a lot of dog training, walking and riding my horse in the fields and woods adjacent those same railroad tracks over the last few decades, I must report never having seen a single sharp-tailed grouse
. But along a separate set of railroad tracks lying south of downtown Fairbanks near the Tanana River I trained pointing dogs and hunted sharp-tails until about 10 years ago.
Along with North America's own open-county gamebirds--sharp-tailed and sage grouse
, prairie chickens and Western quail species--chukars and Huns provide a lot of good hunting and eating.