As the winter season arrives it is time for the stalkers to look at the stock of their red hinds and then decide what needs to be culled to provide enough food to support the remaining heard during the long winters on the hill. As guests, you will be escorted by the stalker in two groups of two. The number of hinds shot will be governed by the stalker and the conditions on the day. A days’ hill stalking can be very exhilarating, and adrenaline fuelled. With each turn of a glen or walk over a ridge the wind can change direction in an instant.
Keeping your movements and scent hidden is what brings about successful stalking, the stalkers job is to get you into position to take a safe and clean shot. With the stalker by your side you will be gauging the wind and watching the movement of the stags and hinds ensuring that every movement goes un noticed, until the time is right to get in to position and take that ever memorable shot.
A Typical Day
The day will be run in time-honoured tradition and if the stalk results in a successful kill, the stag will be carried back to the larder by pony for preparation and collection by the venison dealer.
You will be met by the head ghille in the morning for a practice shoot at a target to ensure that you comfortable with your rifle and that the rifle is accurate, targets are positioned usually at a distance of 100 metres. There are 2 stalkers covering these Estates so any stalking will be in two groups.
Upon commencement of the hunt you will be accompanied at all times by an experienced stalker who will know where to locate your deer depending on wind direction and prevailing conditions.
When the deer are located the herd will consist of between 10 and 100 red deer, at this point your stalker will select a stag that, in his opinion, is suitable to be culled. At this point you and your stalker begin your final approach, this will usually involve crawling on the ground in order to avoid detection by the stag.
Once you have reached a suitable distance from the group the selected stag will be described to you. When the target is standing correctly a shot can be taken.
The estate has maintained the tradition of using highland ponies to retrieve stalked deer as they are both more adept than vehicles at accessing the whole hill and do less damage to the land.
A Small Selection of Our Scottish Sporting Estates
This estate is one of the most iconic sporting estates in all of Scotland. Based near Pitlochry in Perthshire it spans over 145,000 acres of stunning Scottish countryside, with a mixture of terrain and sporting opportunities. It has the benefit of Roe Deer, Fallow Deer and Red Deer on the estate, scattered over 5 beats, all with dedicated Ghillie’s to guide you into your dream Stag!
This estate is quite simply a sporting paradise! There is the opportunity to catch a Salmon, shoot a brace of Grouse and shoot a Stag, if you’re feeling confident, a Macnab attempt could be on the cards. The House, at the heart of the estate, is one of the most impressive sporting lodges that we offer and makes for a very comfortable stay. The estate is based just outside of Ballater on the Western Edge of the Cairngorms National Park and is very easily accessed from Aberdeen Airport.
Spanning over 16,000 acres, the estate is in a league of its own, offering those who wish to experience it a chance to enjoy the very best in hunting, shooting and nature. A rich history combined with its owners’ love for nature has created a land rich in wildlife and nature. Offering you the perfect opportunity to explore the Scottish Highlands and learn more about the wonderful offerings it has including Grouse Shooting, Pheasant, Partridge & Woodcock Shooting and Roe & Red Deer Stalking.
This estate is arguably the most extreme, yet the most picturesque offering we have. Based on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula on the coast, 2 hours West of Fort William, the estate enjoys an enviable reputation for its Red Deer Stalking. The Estate makes up 2 ‘Deer Forests’ based on the old Ardnamurchan and Glenborrodale Estates, home to a herd of over 1000 Deer. There is also an opportunity to shoot Roe Deer, Fallow Deer, Sika Deer and Wild Goats. It truly is the destination for the passionate Deer Stalker.
We are very lucky to work with some of the best sporting estates that Scotland has to offer, spanning the entire country. Please get in touch so we can start planning your next bespoke Scottish Adventure!