The 2014/2015 game shooting season has definitely been one to remember for Exclusively Scottish and for many reasons. A relatively good winter in Scotland throughout 13/14 and consistently good weather throughout the year meant that all game and wildlife promised to be in great condition – and they were. Grouse keepers didn’t get too carried away with predictions before the 12th but it turned out to be a cracking season. Many estates broke records, and although that’s not what the sport should be about, it’s an indicator of successful management and continued sustainability.
I was lucky enough to be out on a shoot on the Glorious Twelfth – but unfortunately not with gun in hand! I had been asked to look after a good friend of the estate owner who was over from New Zealand. It turned out that following a stroke some years ago, John only had the use of one arm and I helped load for him.
One shoot day saw twin brothers up from Essex. We loaned them a pair of guns and they shot their first ever brace of grouse on the Twin Laws on the Lammermuirs. 2 of everything!
It was quite an international game shooting season with clients from Ireland, Switzerland, Denmark, Australia and the USA as well as many from all over the UK. As well as walked up days we also organised some great driven shoots with fantastic high birds.
All in all it was a fantastic game shooting season with all estates providing quality sport and excellent hospitality. A big thanks to all involved. On the back of such a great season bookings are coming in fast for this season so get organised early!