Stalking

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"My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart's in the Highlands a hunting the deer;
A chasing the wild deer, and following the roe,
My heart's in the Highlands wherever I go"

Words from an old song published in the front of William Scrope's famous book 'The Art of Deer Stalking'.

KILDERMORIE ESTATE

The facts

The 19,000 acre Kildermorie Estate offers red and sika deer stalking according to season (listed below).

Red deer are stalked on the open hill where the terrain ranges from rocky ridges and scree slopes through burns and peat hags to lush green pasture. Sika deer inhabit the older forests, the dark coats of the mature beasts are ideal camouflage when amongst the weathered tree trunks.

Wherever the ground conditions permit, red deer carcases are brought down from the hill using traditional garrons - pure-bred highland ponies.

Kildermorie Estate is an accredited game dealer, and is fortunate to have one of the finest original deer larders in Scotland, upgraded to comply with current EU regulations for food preparation and storage. A chiller unit and complementary larder for feathered game complete the arrangements.

The hind cull reaches its peak in the winter months when both hunter and quarry are silhouetted against the snow.

General

Policy

Kildermorie Estate's owners neither permit nor condone 'trophy shooting'. Deer are culled for the express purpose of keeping the sizes of the herds in balance with the numbers that the land can support. For this reason, the number of stag and hind days offered to guests each season takes into account winter mortality and the number of newborn calves.

Safety

Before the first stalk begins the rifle (sportsperson, stalker) is taken to the life-size deer targets.

This is to establish that :

The etiquette of the sport is also summarised.

For guests who use an estate rifle when stalking at either Kildermorie, Baledigle or Creagan Breaca, it is not necessary to be in posession of a Firearm Certificate since unaccompanied stalking is never permitted. All stalking is under the guidance and direction of professional estate staff.

Deer Open Seasons

Red stag 1 July – 20 October Red hind 21 October – 15 February
Sika stag 1 July – 20 October Sika hind 21 October – 15 February
Roe buck 1 April – 20 October Roe doe 21 October – 31 March

Tariff

KILDERMORIE ESTATE

2020/2021 Season
Red or sika stag £480.00 Per beast shot, whether by a single-rifle or a double-rifle party.
Red or sika hind £250.00 Per single-rifle outing, during which an attendant calf may also be taken.
Red or sika hind £360.00 Per double-rifle outing, during which attendant calves may also be taken.
Woodland (high seat)
- Red or sika stag £120.00 Per morning or evening outing, plus £250.00 per stag taken.
- Red or sika hind £60.00 Plus £75.00 per hind taken, plus attendant calf, if appropriate.

Notes:

  1. For any of the above, a wound, a miss or a failure to fire when presented with a safe opportunity, counts as a beast shot. Should there be a genuinely blank outing (which in the case of a double rifle party means that both rifles have a "blank"), the following rates apply:

    2020/2021 Season
    Stag outing £240.00
    Hind outing:
    - single rifle £125.00
    - double rifle £180.00

  2. For a full week of hind stalking (being Monday - Friday) the charge is capped at £2000.00, regardless of the number of outings or beasts taken.
  3. All rates quoted are for outings accompanied by an Estate stalker and are inclusive of VAT
  4. Carcasses remain the property of the Estate, but venison is available for purchase.

BALEDIGLE ESTATE & CREAGAN BREACA

The Baledigle Estate at Forsinard in Sutherland was planted in 1988 under the supervision of the present owners, taking account of the natural contours of the 3,785 acres (1,532 hectares) of 'flow country'. The Estate's rides and lawns were created to allow easy passage between the plantations of trees, and now afford red and sika deer stalking under enclosed block regulations. Parties stalk either from dawn for 4 – 5 hours or for a similar period before dusk. In the short winter days it is possible to overlap these stalking periods and still be back at Kildermorie in time for dinner.

Creagan Breaca is a more recent acquisition and offers red and roe deer stalking over 530 acres (214 hectares) of mature woodland in Ross-shire.

Arrangements may be made for escorted drives to the Baledigle Estate (2 hours each way) and/or to Creagan Breaca (1¼ hours each way). Rates are according to guest requirements and sport availability. Observers are welcome if vehicle space allows.

Scottish Law

There are Scottish legal requirements governing rifles and ammunition used for deer. Guests preferring to provide their own rifles and ammunition must ensure that they adhere to current legislation under Scottish Law.