The Sporting Lets agency has predicted that this year’s grouse shooting season could be ‘as good if not better’ than last year’s. Head of the firm Robert Rattray 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) while 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.”
Prices are expected to be in the area of £150 per brace of driven grouse, and £100 per brace of walked-up grouse. However, the spring salmon run was described as ‘disappointing’, though sea trout numbers have been reported to be up.