Land owners or other designated personnel or organisations, are tasked with the management of deer on the open range. This involves the humane culling of deer and their subsequent sale to licensed game dealers. As deer have no natural predators, deer stalking is employed to control their numbers. Their numbers need to be controlled as deer often share their territory with other herbivores on mostly agricultural enterprises. This prevents over grazing and damage to sensitive natural habitats.
Although stalking takes place throughout the open seasons, the majority of deer are culled in September and October, a peak time for walking in the Scottish hills. Please be considerate when walking in the hills during the stalking seasons and try to minimalise disruption to stalking parties by following the advice below and the advice given on the Public Documents page of this site.
When walking at these times, you can assist stalkers by:
Follow the advice in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code to try and find out where stag stalking is taking place because it was not always easy to find out who to contact. Check the area you are planning to walk over in the Maps and Contacts page of this website and establish if stalking is taking place. The Code also encourages walkers:
Stags Open Season
Hinds 21st October - 15th February
Bucks 1st August - 30th April
Does 21st October - 15th February
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident involving deer, please let us know. We like to record these so that we can help prevent accidents in the future.
The next Meeting of The Mull Deer Management Group will be at the Salen Hotel on the 11th February 2024 at 12.30.