Glorious Twelfth


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Nov 9, 2020
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Paarl, South Africa
Morning AH Members,

Did anyone here have the opportunity to spend the Glorious Twelfth in a grouse butt?

I have only hunted red grouse once (during 2019) and it was a walked up shoot. I have to say that it was one of the best experiences in my life, just thinking of it still puts a smile on my face.
I have not yet had the good fortune to hunt grouse. But I've hunted deer many times in the Scottish highlands, so I can imagine a bit how a grouse hunt must be. If you have any pictures to share, I'd love to see them.
I got invited to one in Scotland when I was studying "Environmental Science" in the University of London in 1965. It was good fun. I was provided a very beautiful 12 gauge (2.5") James Purdey & Sons sidelock ejector (left barrel=modified choke, right barrel=improved cylinder choke) by my gracious host (one of a matched pair; with him taking the other). It (loaded with paper cased Purdey 32Grm #5) accounted for over 3 dozen driven grouse.

I have been to 4 more driven grouse shoots, over the years. Will share photos of those shoots too, as soon as I can locate the appropriate albums in my study. I also have a very nice photo of father & I at the James Purdey & Sons gun shop in London in 1976.
Walked up grouse over pointers in Scotland is a great experience. I have been lucky enough to hunt with some friends who have the sporting rights to a few thousand acres near Killen. Nowadays it’s an eye watering £100 plus tax a brace.
My host always provided me with a shotgun. I don’t remember what they were,how they were choked or what cartridges I used.

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