Stalking Red Deer

The stalking of a red deer is a thrilling and challenging experience and Islay has one of the few remaining herds of pure red deer.

Typical Day
The hunting day starts around 09:30h. Donnie will knock on your door to get you moving. You will be asked to shoot at a target to ensure that you are comfortable with the rifle and that it's accurate. Targets are positioned usually at a distance of 100 metres.

Donnie will know the best places to walk up to locate your deer depending on wind direction and prevailing conditions. Please note however that the deer are wild and we cannot guarantee that there will always be an opportunity for a shot. Note that we do not hunt on Saturdays and Sundays.

When the deer are located Donnie will select a stag, hind or calf that, in his opinion, is suitable to be culled. At this point you and Donnie begin your final approach. This will usually involve crawling on the ground in order to avoid detection by the deer.

Once you have reached a suitable distance from the group the selected deer will be described to you. When the target is standing correctly a shot can be taken.

After a successful shot has been taken your deer will be collected and brought back to the farm.

Accommodation is available on our estate for sporting holidays, both in The Farmhouse and in the Ardbeg Cottage. If you are interested in stalking, please contact Donnie or Florian here.