Black­cock Tales

The Field - - LETTERS -

I read Rosie Nick­er­son’s ar­ti­cle (A right royal ca­per, May is­sue) with great in­ter­est and would like to com­ment on the claim that Count Jan Lewen­haupt is prob­a­bly the only man to have shot a right-an­dleft of black­cock.

When shooting driven grouse on Burn­hope Moor, near Al­ston, County Durham, on 6 De­cem­ber 1991 with the Swedish shooting club Tup­paskyt­te­föreninga, to­gether with Stu­art Bur­ton, owner of the Bracken Bank Es­tate in La­zonby, Pen­rith, one of the guns, Per Bol­lvik, shot two right-and-lefts of black­cock in suc­ces­sion and P-H Adolf­son shot a right-and-left of black­cock fol­lowed im­me­di­ately by a sin­gle black­cock on the same drive.

At that time there was a lot of blackgame on Burn­hope Moor, es­pe­cially on the lower ar­eas of the moor. The rights-and-lefts were wit­nessed by most of the guns, in­clud­ing Baron Carl von Essen, stand­ing in the grouse butts higher up on the moor.

The moors were sold some years later and since then we have not heard about the blackgame and grouse pop­u­la­tion there. Uno Mag­nus­son, Norra Fågelås, Swe­den

P-H Adolf­son in 1991 with his righ­tand-left of black­cock

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