The Grouse season is underway, traditionally the season begins on the 12th August but as shooting isn't allowed on a Sunday it falls on the 13th this year. The Grouse season is incredibly important for the local economy as Alex Hogg the Chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association explained to ITV Border:
However Joe Duckworth from the League against cruel sports disputes this claim, he said:
The organisation is particularly concerned about this years shoot and it's affect on Grouse numbers. The bad weather has seen a drop in the number of the birds on the moorlands. Joe says the lower Grouse numbers will lead to a higher percentage being killed this year which could harm their long term recovery.
Grouse shooting is the formula one of the game shooting world. The birds can travel up to 80 miles an hour and thousands of pounds are spent by enthusiasts who want the chance to take aim.
But in Cumbria the start of the season has been far from glorious, all shooting on Shap Moor has been cancelled because the wettest May and June on record have decimated grouse numbers.
Robert Benson, sporting manager of the Lonsdale Estate said:
Scottish Land & Estates, which represents over 2,500 landowners in Scotland, has celebrated the grouse shooting season. They say despite the mixed picture in terns of bird numbers, country sports enthusiasts have dusted off their guns and headed to the hills to try and bag a brace.