The guns are out at the Invermark Estate, and Byron Pace follows the stories and successes of a day’s driven shooting on the hill. The grouse are as challenging a target as ever, but it’s not all about the guns: we also follow the beating line and get the beaters’ take on the proceedings. Head keeper Andy Malcolm also gives us the low down on what has been a tough year for grouse: how many shoot days Invermark has managed, how confident he is that next year will pick up, and what needs to be done to ensure the future prosperity of this iconic species.
Meanwhile, Pete Carr gets his hands on the Polaris all-terrain vehicle, which looks an increasingly useful tool in the gamekeeper’s arsenal. Testing handy features such as the all-wheel drive, rear suspension and tipper, he assesses its worth for stalkers as well as gamekeepers.