As Editor-at-Large Silvio Calabi described driven red grouse in “On Snilesworth Moor” (May/June ’14): “Red Grouse brains are pea-size, but the species’ survival instinct and eyesight are like a wild turkey’s—backed up by the speed of a missile, the aerobatic ability of wood pigeons and the Red Baron’s tactical awareness.”
And in addition to being “ruinously expensive,” as Silvio put it, the day’s costs rise by about $75 for each bird killed. So it is hard to say how the shooters felt about the barrage of feathered missiles in this video from the 2013 season at the Coverhead Estate in North Yorkshire. We have never seen such awesome, nerve-wracking waves of grouse streaming over the moors.
Many missed shots are shown, to be sure, but the speed and intensity of the shooting is plain to see. At the end of the day, shooting any better could take “ruinously expensive” to a whole new level.