Feathered Game

 

The shooting season in Britain opens on the 12 August (the 'glorious twelfth'), when the open season on grouse begins. This is swiftly followed by the season for snipe, partridge, pheasant and woodcock.

However, it is never a good idea to rush out and buy a game bird on the first day of the season; most game needs time to hang to develop its flavour and tenderness. Many people are worried about hanging birds in case they go 'off'; however, it's quite easy to tell the difference between the two: high bird will smell powerfully gamey, whilst a rotten bird will simply smells bad, like any other bad meat.