Off to a fly­ing start

Three Guns had the good for­tune to start their sea­son with three days of shoot­ing grouse, over point­ers and walked-up, in the north

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If you’ve enough puff in your lungs, a walked-up day is the affordable way to get on to the finest game bird in the world and among the most spec­tac­u­lar land­scapes in the Bri­tish Isles. Peter Glenser, Alan Young and Tim Cray were lucky enough to open the 2017 sea­son with three walked-up days at Dor­back, In­ver­ness-shire, the Drum­mond es­tate in Perthshire and at Stean Moor in North York­shire. Gair, Peter’s guest and nephew, and a serv­ing Ir­ish Guards­man with youth and fit­ness on his side. No one wants to be shown up by the younger gen­er­a­tion so ar­range­ments were hastily made.

A Land Rover De­fender was left at the foot of the glen while the Guns were driven in Char­lie’s gleam­ing Dis­cov­ery to the top. The team would then walk back a mile or two to the orig­i­nal ve­hi­cle and the Dis­cov­ery would be fetched. This walked­down grouse shoot­ing has much to rec­om­mend it as a way of start­ing the sea­son.

Spir­its were high, and as the ve­hi­cles climbed the moor Peter ex­plained the joy of walked-up grouse. “The jour­ney of the Gun tends to go like this: you start with ‘any’; then want ‘many’; look for ‘high’; but end up hap­pi­est of all with ‘wild’. Why? Be­cause with so few birds shot on a wild walked-up day, ev­ery one of them is re­mem­bered and ev­ery shot is dis­cussed. And through that and of course the eat­ing of them, these beau­ti­ful, spir­ited birds are prop­erly re­spected.”

No one has shown these wild birds more re­spect than game­keeper Brian

“With so few birds shot on a wild walked-up day, ev­ery one of them is re­mem­bered”

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Mil­i­tary pre­ci­sion: Ma­jor Char­lie Gair takes his first grouse, with a shoot­ing stance “more Hel­mand than Spey­side”

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