Roe Buck Experience

Unique lowland stalking opportunities in Scotland

About Roe Bucks

The roe deer has been rapidly expanding across the Uk for 40 years due to the increase in habitat available. Grant assisted woodlands plantings that have enhanced our landscape have also provided roe with their preferred environment. However in Eastern Scotland from Fife to Aberdeen we have an underlying seam of limestone running close to the land surface. This feature produces some of the best livestock in the country which translates in to body weight and in the case of deer, antler growth. This phenomenon has made our corner of Scotland a destination for international sportsmen seeking quality specimens.

Although the seasons appear long, the normal season for bucks is April and May and again during the rut from mid July to mid August. The reasons are simple: by the end of May the vegetation is so high that we can no longer see the deer, but during the rut they tend to be far more active at all times of the day and present themselves more easily. In addition, July and August is the traditional hay making and harvesting time of year and some fields are clear by this time.

The roebuck season is defined by two distinct periods; Spring stalking and Summer rut stalking. Although the season starts 1st April, we generally wait two or three weeks before we start. This allows the antlers to ‘colour up’ which enhances their appeal. By early June the vegetation is too high to see the animals and most mature bucks will have settled in their territories so we stop for a while. The rut starts in mid July and we recommence stalking as the animals are now very active and show themselves throughout the day. It should run until mid August when we bring our season to a close and leave the bucks for another year.

Itinerary

Roe buck stalking is let as a four-day outing which is fully residential at Woodmill. Guests arrive Monday and depart on Friday.

Stalking tends to be a morning and evening activity with a rest during the day. Mornings start at first light and evenings finish at dark, our preferred approach is walking with few high seats. A typical outing involves cruising from one area to another until animals are spotted then an approach is planned which can take from 5 minutes to several hours

Season / Dates

 1st April – 20th October

Estates

Fife, Angus & Perthshire, we have several farms and estates across the region, mostly mixed farming with small woodlands

Trophies

 

At the end of every trip we offer a trophy prep service where heads are cleaned & bleached then dried before shipping. This is an optional service