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
We ask you to arrive at Callumkill at around 0900 hours to start the day or if you are staying at Callumkill, 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 your rifle and that the rifle is 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 Sundays.

Herds generally consist of between 10 and 30 deer. When the deer are located Donnie will select a stag or hind 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 stag or hind 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

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