Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) issues authorisations under the Deer (Scotland) Act 1996. Authorisations allow individuals to cull deer in circumstances when they would not normally have the legal right to shoot them, for example to prevent deer damaging the natural heritage (natural habitats).
When are authorisations required?
Authorisations are required when shooting deer in the following circumstances:
during the Closed Season - with few exceptions shooting during this period is prohibited
at night - the shooting of deer is not permitted between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise
driving deer with vehicles- in order to take or kill for the purposes of deer management.
Please note- individuals wishing to shoot deer under authorisation must be registered as "Fit and competent"