If you are planning to go hill-walking in Scotland, it is important to know where you can go without being affected by
deer stalking activities. Hill-walkers and deer stalkers need to respect the others use of the mountain environment, and this
is largely the case in Scotland today.
Deer stalking is a key activity for conservation, estate management and
income generation for many estates and individuals, so hill-walkers are asked to check where they can go without interfering
with deer stalks. Deer stalkers and estates must ensure that information for hill-walkers is widely available so that walkers
can enjoy access to the mountains safely without interfering with the stalk. In this spirit of co-operation, deer stalking
and hill-walking can both continue in harmony.
Hill Phones Service
If the deer stalking season is in progress,
hill-walkers and others seeking to access the mountains for leisure should check with the estates to see if stalking is taking
place and, if so, where they will be shooting. The easiest way to do that is by using the convenient Hillphones service -
click here for details.
For walkers, the first thing to do is to check when the deer stalking
season are. The red deer stag stalking season runs from 1 July to 20 October
and the hind season from 21 October to 15 February. Most commercial deer stalking involves hunting the stags, so
takes place between August and October.
The stalking season for roe deer in Scotland runs 1st April -
20th October for the roe deer bucks; and 21st October - 31st March for the roe deer doe.
Please work with
stalkers and respect their use of the land. For details of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, please click here.
Within these defined seasons, however, each estate sets its own stalking season - some estates may only offer
deer stalking for a few weeks each year. Therefore, you should always contact a sporting estate to ask about its stalking
season before making plans to come roe deer stalking in Scotland.