Grouse - King of the game birds.The undisputed king of game birds, the red grouse is the only one that is unique to the British Isles. Found on moorlands in Scotland and Northern England, traditionally the better region, driven grouse shooting is normally reckoned to be the pinnacle of driven shooting, a potent mixture of stunning scenery, deep rooted tradition and the ultimate shooting challenge.
Shooting.The shooting takes place on moorlands at elevations between 500' and 3000' above sea level. The grouse are driven across the terrain towards The line of guns, traditionally between 6 and 9, stands in stone or turf "butts" set wide apart, normally 20 to 35 yards. The birds hug the contours and, when the wind is behind them, can reach speeds of up to 70 mph!
Conclusion.This is where I got some of my ideas for a clay target shoot (with the help of a couple of friends as well of course). Unfortunately clay targets don't cook up really well and taste terrible. Maybe one day I'll get to taste a real grouse, but until then I can get some friendly practice in right here in Toowoomba.
By the way there is a local supplier of pheasant and quail, if you're interested in something different, Banyard Game Birds Mr. Ken Orange 0412 336 326 support our local businesses.
Young grouse are best roasted and served with traditional accompaniments of rowan jelly, fried breadcrumbs and game chips. Older Grouse should be casseroled.
Many thanks to our sponsor The Open Range, phone 07 4632 1389 and my many helpers. Hope to see you at the Grouse shoot later this year.
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