Regularly voted Scotland’s iconic species, the red deer or ‘roaring Monarch’ holds a special place in Scotland’s landscape, natural heritage, history and culture.

Scotland’s qualified gamekeepers, stalkers, ghillies, wildlife managers and rangers actively manage deer to high welfare standards to provide deer stalking in Scotland, to service the food industry with premium quality venison, and to minimise grazing impacts in the countryside.

Deer Stalking in Scotland is regarded by sportsmen and women the world over as a privilege. Stalking a Stag, under the instruction of an experienced stalker, often using working ponies, is a unique and memorable experience many associate with ‘Scottishness’. People are rightly willing to pay a high price for this privilege.

By joining The Scottish Gamekeepers Association, your insurance cover will enable you to enjoy the best of stalking in Scotland and stalking abroad.

For details of our Insurance cover, including Frequently Asked Questions, click here

Stalking Seasons in Scotland

Red stags: 1st July - 20th October
Red hinds: 21st October - 15th February
Sika stags:1st July - 20th October
Sika hinds: 21st October - 15th February
Fallow bucks: 1st August - 30th April
Fallow does: 21st October - 15th February
Roe bucks: 1st April – 20th October
Roe does:21st October - 31st March

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