Put on your tweed and load your Purdey, all you anglophiles out there. It’s grouse season and for the well-heeled, bird hunting comes with all the bells and whistles.
Every year shooters hike UK’s heather-filled moorlands for the official opening of grouse season.
After the Glorious Twelfth – the start of the season—many of the UK’s wealthiest go shooting as part of a syndicate, which can run upwards of £75,000 ($96,000) for a small group. But those with the best connections shoot on private land belonging to someone with a title, according to Bloomberg.
“We were at one yesterday owned by a duke,” Simon Davis, country pursuits manager and a chef for the Epicurean Collection, a group of British country pubs and inns, told Bloomberg. “You need to find the right people, and get onto the right moors. It’s relatively exclusive.”
Parties will employ up to 25 people to aid in the hunt, including beaters who hit the brush to scare birds out of their nests. And the organizer can charge about £150 ($194) per brace—pair of grouse. According to Bloomberg, a group of eight to 10 could bag 500 brace on a good day, bringing the day’s total to £75,000, not including clothing or equipment.
Speaking of equipment, a good English shotgun can easily cost tens of thousands of dollars, not to mention ammunition, which can cost £60 to £160 per box.
And finally, you want to get back to the kitchen as quickly as possibly after the hunt. And for Britain’s richest, speed means style. So some lucky groups are lent a Bentley Flying Spur for the occasion. [Bloomberg]