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In Pictures: Grouse shooting season begins on Glorious Twelfth

The season officially started on Monday.

The Glorious Twelfth marks the start of the grouse shooting season (Jane Barlow/PA)
The Glorious Twelfth marks the start of the grouse shooting season (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Monday marks the Glorious Twelfth, the start of the annual grouse shooting season.

The season runs for 16 weeks to December and sees game hunting enthusiasts visit the UK from Europe and North America.

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Shooting parties gather on the moors at the Rottal Estate in Glen Clova, near Kirriemuir, Angus (Jane Barlow/PA)
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Head keeper Mark Palmer was accompanied by Paddy the dog (Jane Barlow/PA)
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The industry is recovering from a poor season last year (Jane Barlow/PA)
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Snowy conditions followed by hot weather in 2018 reduced the number of the game birds successfully breeding (Jane Barlow/PA)
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So in Scotland, some grouse moor owners will not be shooting at all this year (Jane Barlow/PA)
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Here, Archie Ward (left) and Jack Turner join the shooting party in Glen Clova (Jane Barlow/PA)
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Milo the dog also accompanied members of the shooting party in Scotland (Jane Barlow/PA)
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While many also turned out on a moor near Ripon, North Yorkshire (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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The start of the grouse shooting season often reignites the debate over the sport’s role in protecting the countryside (Jane Barlow/PA)

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