The Glorious 12th brings the traditional opening shot in the UK game-shooting season. It might be a dark day for the birds, but it’s a glorious day for the plate.
Few dates on the British calendar resonate like August 12. An innocuous-sounding weekday that would be like any others except for its magnificent title–the Glorious 12th–it brings to mind aristocracy and sport, and the day furnishes butchers’ slabs and dinner plates throughout the kingdom.
THE LEGAL SHOOTING OF GROUSE, ptarmigan and common snipe begins on this day, unless, however, it is a Sunday. In that case, the opening day is the following day.