Robert Rattray, partner and head of our sporting department said: "The general opinion is that despite one of the hardest winters in recent decades, some parts of Scotland are going to have better grouse numbers this year.
"The Angus Glens believe they are going to have a successful season this year, with Glenogil looking forward to improving on what was an impressive year last year. Some Estates in Aberdeenshire and Perthshire are quietly confident that they will have better grouse numbers this year.
"However, the economic downturn has had an impact on bookings and other estates, particularly those with high ground beats have had to amend their shooting programmes following disappointing counts, no doubt largely due to the harsh winter which saw snowdrifts of up to 90 feet in places. The Lammermuirs also appear to be patchy. Once the counts are complete and estates have started shooting, there may well be adjustments to programmes accordingly, some up and some down.
"Expect to pay in the region of 140 per brace (2 birds) for driven grouse with parties expecting to shoot upwards of 50 brace in a day. Walked up grouse shooting remains ever popular, and with average bags of a more modest five 30 brace at 100 per brace make it more affordable."
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