Wild deer have been hunted for sport and food in Scotland for hundreds of years. Today, deer populations are carefully managed to prevent damage to forestry and wildlife. The objective is to cull the oldest and weakest deer rather than to hunt for trophy heads.
Guests at Ardanaiseig not only enjoy fresh, local, wild venison in the restaurant, but can also play a part in the deer management process. If you are interested in deer stalking as part of your stay, please contact us in advance so that we can make all the necessary arrangements with the Ghillie.
Ardanaiseig has a year-round licence to shoot roe deer. The open seasons across Scotland are as follows:
Red Deer Stags – 1st July-20th October
Red Deer Hinds – 21st October – 15th February
Roe Bucks – 1st April – 20th October
Fallow Bucks – 1st August -30th April