The British Isles are fortunate to have a diverse population of deer species, from the tiny Muntjac up to large Reds. Controlling the numbers of these species is essential to keep nature in balance. The population control can be for a variety of reasons, from protecting crops, to keeping numbers within a manageable level in order to survive a harsh winter. Deer control is about management and should never about shooting the first deer that comes into sight.
Scotland is home to the finest hill stalking and the challenges that comes with it. The open hills and constant changes in wind direction puts the hunter at the mercy of the elements. Getting into position to take a shot can take several hours, including long periods on your knees crawling and waiting, even then, you may not get to take a shot. However, all these factors are what makes hill stalking for red deer the most challenging and rewarding.
River and Moor works closely with estates across much of Scotland and are able to offer the visiting hunter a complete package including visitors firearms permits and gun hire.
Red Deer Stag: July 1st – October 20th.
Red Deer Hind: October 21st – February 15th.
Sika Deer Stag: July 1st – October 20th.
Sika Deer Hind: October 21st – February 15th.
Fallow Deer Buck: August 1st – April 30th.
Fallow Deer Doe: October 21st – February 15th.
Roe Deer Buck: April 1st – October 20th.
Roe Deer Doe: October 21st – March 31st.
DEER (ENGLAND & WALES)
Red, Fallow, Sika Males: August 1st – April 30th
Red, Fallow Sika Females: November 1st – March 31st
Roe Deer Buck: April 1st – October 31st
Roe Deer Doe: November 1st – March 31st
During the winters cold days being up on the hills during the hind cull can be very exhilarating. During the hind cull normally a stalker would go out on the hill with two or three hunters and try to get to a position where they have a group of hinds that they have pre selected for culling. These animals could be weak or old and unlikely to survive the winter, therefore culling is the kindest thing for those animals.
Please get in touch to discuss any of your stalking needs.