Another Healthy Grouse Season Predicted For 2014

Speaking at the Scone Game Fair today (Friday 4 July), Scotland's pre-eminent Sporting Lets agency believes that this year's grouse season should certainly be as good if not better than last year's.

Robert Rattray, partner at CKD Galbraith and head of the firm's Sporting Lets agency, said: "We had an interesting winter; the high grouse moors experienced more traditional winter weather with good snow falls (indeed Glenshee had an excellent ski season) whilst lower ground moors had much milder and frost free conditions. Historically our better grouse years have followed a hard winter, so it will be interesting to see how the season develops.

"Across Scotland, the mild spring and good weather in May and June should have provided ideal breeding conditions, and it is now looking as if the season is shaping up to be another excellent year. Covey sizes are possibly slightly down on last year around the six to eight mark but there appears to be a good and consistent spread of birds across moors throughout Scotland."  

Sportsmen and sportswomen can expect to pay in the region of 150 plus VAT per brace for driven grouse and 100 plus VAT per brace for walked up grouse this season.

Sporting Lets have access to some of the finest Scottish estates offering top class grouse shooting and report strong demand again this year among both UK and international sportsmen and women for both walked up and driven grouse shooting.  

Last year the firm welcomed a number of new nationalities to the sport, with novices coming from as far afield as India and China to experience Scotland's preeminent sporting offerings.   

In terms of the fishing season, Robert says: "The spring run across Scotland in 2014 has been very disappointing. In comparison to the Spring months of 2013, numbers of returning salmon appear to be well down and rod catches have reflected this. There have been exceptions but these have been very localised and in general the rivers have been quiet.

"It is pleasing to report that sea trout numbers have been up on a number of rivers through May and June, and it would be fantastic if this trend was maintained on a year to year basis. We are now eagerly awaiting the arrival of the grilse and subsequently the autumn run of fish."

At a time when migratory fish are facing a huge range of challenges it is important to highlight the Wild Fisheries Review which is currently taking place. The Review will be looking at all aspects of wild fisheries and Sporting Lets are encouraging all fisherman and proprietors to engage with the process. The deadline for written submissions is the 15th July.   

Sporting Lets has recently launched its new look brochure for 2014/15 where full details on sporting opportunities and lodges to let can be found, as well as day-to-day up-dates throughout the season being provided via www.sportinglets.co.uk.