Food Grouse 2022

In Feed use of antibiotics has been greatly reduced over the last few years.

 
I would imagine most of the detractors of intensively farmed game shoots are more concerned by the ecological impact of breeding millions of birds a year in a very unnatural way, the same way that many of us would criticise intense meat farming in general - it's no different. At the end of the day it's idealogical. Plenty of people think intense commercial farming is totally unjustified due to its impact on the environment, jobs or not. I doubt many of us would call them obnoxious for thinking, saying or acting upon it.

As for your final point, I was pretty clear that the experience I describe is one of total priviledge, and I was sceptical as to whether it was even worthwhile sharing because of that. I guess that scepticism was warranted, but ultimately it was a share of "less can definitely be more".
What is the ecological impact of commercial shoots?

The final point wasn’t directed at you but at those here linking the growth in commercial shooting to their inability to buy wild pheasant and partridge.
 
Was that at the Parkers Arms, Andrew? I had the best-cooked grouse I’ve ever eaten there ( the bird itself was of top quality too - I gather they come from the Duke of Westminster’s local moor).
 
What is the ecological impact of commercial shoots?

The final point wasn’t directed at you but at those here linking the growth in commercial shooting to their inability to buy wild pheasant and partridge.
Julian,

Sorry to badger you but I would genuinely like to know what the ecological impact was that you were referring to.

Dan
 
Julian,

Sorry to badger you but I would genuinely like to know what the ecological impact was that you were referring to.

Dan


The executive summary points to some specifics. I recognise these can be mitigated to some extent but based on the gamekeepers I know, fairytale stewards of the environment they are not. Ultimately I reckon we’re all mature enough on this forum to appreciate that dropping a few million birds into an environment which has not naturally evolved with them is unlikely to result in a net positive. Something is going to lose out as a consequence. Whether you care about that something is a personal matter of course.

This is a surprisingly well researched area and a bit of Googling will uncover plenty of papers to read if you want to get your head right into it, Dan. I’ll probably step away from the topic in this space now if you don’t mind, I’d rather this thread stays culinary, and my own inputs are not helping that. Feel free to PM if you want to talk more about it.
 
I do sometimes wonder if people fully understand the complexities of what they are offended by.

Whilst I understand why people may be against those shoots where numbers are the be all and end all, and where the dead birds are just bulldozed into a hole in the ground (these type of shoots do exist for pheasants unfortunately), there are so many benefits that shooting estates have for conservation, even though that may seem oxymoronic.
 
So all joking aside - we have no kitchen at the moment (photo is from a lonesome unit in our living room). I spatchcocked this bird and threw it in our pizza oven at 400c for 8 minutes, and it came out utterly perfect - maybe the juiciest grouse I’ve ever had. Just in case someone has to repeat this experience. If anyone does, I’m sure they will be a WP member…!
 
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