Hunting in the Highlands
Deer stalking plays an important part in rural lifestyles in Scotland. As well as helping control the deer population, it provides valuable economic benefits to isolated communities across Scotland, especially in the Highlands and Islands. Stalking red deer is a fascinating way to discover Scotland’s landscape and culture. You will spend time walking through beautiful landscapes – mountains, glens and forests – as you go in search of the deer. You will spend time with local stalkers on the hill and often join them for a wee dram of whisky back at the local pub after the stalk – so it also gives you an insight to Scottish life and culture. Finally, the tradition of deer stalking will offer you an insight of Scottish culture which many other visitors will never experience.
When a stag shoot is booked at Borgie we arrange everything from an alarm call to pouring you a dram upon your return. A hearty breakfast will be waiting for you and the chef will have prepared a packed lunch for you. Following breakfast, your ghillie will arrive around 9.30am to debrief you on the days planned shoot. Then its off to the vast 15,000 acre Borgie Estate to begin your stalk.
We advise to take weatherproof clothing even if it is a sunny day when you set off. Weather up here can change very quickly. Your ghillie will lead the stalking party to find a shootable stag. This depends on the age, health and a number of other reasons which will be explained to you why the stag is shootable. Then your ghillie will advise you on taking your shot. Our ghillie uses a 270 calibre shooting rifle although some guests prefer to use their own rifles. The stag will then be taken back to our larder until it is sent to be processed by the gamedealer. After the stalk it is back to the hotel for a dram or two to discuss the days shoot whilst the chef prepares your evening meal.
Red deer stalking is a traditional field sport, and the stalkers who take clients stalking are steeped in tradition. A stalk often takes most of the day as you hike through the mountains to find the deer. The stalker will then select which deer is to be shot, taking account of the health of the herd.
1st July– 20th October.
Deer stalking is the term we use in Scotland for hunting and shooting deer. It is an important part of modern day land management. It also contributes to the local economy, helps protect many native plants and species and maintain a healthy and strong population of red deer. Deer stalking is also a traditional activity in Scotland, a link to the traditional culture of the Highlands.
21st October- 15th February.
Woodcock are wading birds which inhabit damp woodland with open rides. Often found in pheasant woods, they feed nocturnally around streams, pasture fields and on boggy ground, but prefer dense cover during the day. The resident population in Britain is increased by a large over-wintering migrant population. It is thought by some that the bulk of this migration coincides with the first full moon in November. Swooping, erratic flight makes it a prized quarry, particularly on walked up shoots. Due to this erratic flight extra care should be taken by the sportsman to ensure a safe shot.
1st September – 31st January.
If there are non-stalkers in your group, they can simply enjoy the scenery or take advantage of the diverse range of activities now offered by Scotland’s leading stalking escape. If you are planning your next stalking trip, Borgie Lodge should be top of your list of destinations.
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