The red grouse shooting season extends from the 12th August, often renowned as the 'Glorious Twelfth', marking the start of the Great British Shooting Season and runs through until 10th December each year.

Grouse shooting occurs on the moorland areas of England and Scotland. Red grouse is widely considered to be a Scottish bird however, in England grouse shooting takes place as far south as Dark Peak in Derbyshire. Generally, driven grouse shooting (where beaters drive the birds towards the guns), usually occurs when the post- breeding grouse populations exceed densities of 60/km2.

Walked up grouse shooting usually takes place when the birds are at a lower density, here birds are flushed out by dogs or walked shooters.

Whether driven or walked up, grouse shooting is characterised by a strict code of conduct to ensure best practice. Popular among elite and shooting enthusiasts, the date signifies one of the busiest days of the shooting season with large amounts of game being shot. With guns travelling from all over the world to shoot during this short period, millions are generated for local economies, creating hundreds of jobs.

Red Grouse are wild game birds unique to Britain. Unlike pheasant or partridge, the red grouse population cannot be reared artificially to any extent for shooting by gamekeepers. This results in fluctuating numbers naturally from year to year. With the ability to fly at fast speeds of up to 80mph, grouse require high levels of skill to shoot.

Grouse are under constant threat from predators such as foxes, crows and stoats, as well as being prone to diseases including Strongylosis and Louping ill. The commitment and investment from the long-standing tradition of gamekeepers means the moors are carefully maintained to optimise conditions for the breeding and wellbeing of grouse. A range of additional species benefit from predator control and habitat management carried out for red grouse.

How to dress for walked up Grouse Shooting this summer in the UK:

Our recommendation for walked up grouse this season is the Marcos or the Cole shirt with the Lofoten collection. Smart, durable, lightweight and water-resistant.

Marcos Shirt:

Moisture-wicking shirt with long sleeves and Cool Max function which helps to keep your body dry.

Deerhunter Marcos Shirt

Cole Shirt:

Shirt with long sleeves and Cool Max, which wicks the sweat away from your body.

Deerhunter Cole Shirt

The Lofoten collection comes with the Teflon™ shield. Products impregnated with Teflon are water and dirt resistant. Stains are easy to remove. Teflon is extremely heat-resistant with a very smooth surface.

Jacket:

The Lofoten jacket is the perfect all-purpose jacket for nature lovers looking for a versatile, water-resistant garment with lots of functional pockets. The jacket is available in the colour Fallen Leaf, and protects the wearer against UV radiation and mosquitos. The Lofoten jacket is breathable, which ensures a high degree of wearer comfort for those who enjoy being physically active.

Deerhunter lofoten jacket

Trousers:

The Lofoten trousers are water-resistant and manufactured to ensure a good fit and ample freedom of movement. Lofoten trousers offer UV protection and also protect against mosquitoes. The trousers are machine-washable, and are therefore suitable as everyday wear for dog training and other outdoor activities.

Deerhunter lofoten trousers

Waistcoat:

The waistcoat is Teflon treated with Shield Pro and fabric protector to give it a water-resistant and quick-drying finish. With features such as UV protection and high breathability, the Lofoten waistcoat is the tool for the all-round nature enthusiast.

Deerhunter lofoten waistcoat

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