THE Glorious Twelfth is the official start of the shooting season across Britain.
Here is all you need to know about one of the biggest days in the field sports calendar.
Getty Images – Getty The Glorious 12th marks the start of the shooting season in Britain
What is the Glorious Twelfth?
On August 12 every year shooting enthusiasts crack open their gun cabinets and get ready for the start of a fresh season.
It marks the start of Britain’s shooting season and has been a key date in the countryside calendar for decades.
As a pricey past time many of the holidays can set hunters back thousands of pounds.
The game they hunt is grouse, with pheasants and other birds coming later on in the season.
PA:Press Association The game they hunt is grouse which is a speedy bird and very difficult to shoot
What are the rules?
The grouse season lasts 121 days and they may not be shot on a Sunday meaning this year huntsman will have to wait an extra day to get out on the moors.
Grouse, regarded as the “king” of game birds are highly prized owing to the short time they are in season and the incredible speeds they fly at.
They can rocket across the moors at speeds of up to 70 miles an hour often keeping relatively low to the ground.