Red Stags & Hinds in Caithness 2013
Stalking the open ( very ) flow country near Westerdale, Caithness
Stags flat rate £385 per day No trophy fee
Hinds £160 per day
Further to the hind opportunity last season, we have had the pleasure ( albeit usually a rather soggy pleasure ) of stalking this ground on behalf of the owner for a good many years. The Flow Country is quite unique in itself and as a stalking challenge. The picture below will perhaps give you a flavour -
This ground is open with a capital 'O'. It holds some stags and sees a large influx with the rut. Charged by the day there are no trophy fees; reflecting the management philosophy of the owner. The animal taken will be at the discretion of the professional stalker to reflect the management plan. This may mean a spiker or a 12 point plus head as circumstances dictate. For those attending over several days every effort will be made to ‘even things out’, but please be clear that this ground will have little appeal for those who judge stalking only by the taking of the biggest and greatest number of animals. Typically you will take one beast per day, but again this will be dictated by circumstances.
The Hind stalking will often entail several animals being taken in the day – this will again be at the discretion of the professional. But be aware that the nature and vastness of this terrain means extraction has to be factored into the available time; though extensive use is made of Argocats, the distances involved do take time. Just as with the stags, these trips are about the stalking experience - not the number of rounds fired. This is not the ground for those seeking 5+ hinds a day.
It is about the stalking challenge. Approaches will require great care and good tactics - and not least lots of crawling. It's the most challenging of stalking and may not be to everyone's taste.
Though there is no requirement to be hyper fit ( or partake of close hugs with your stalker – but we try to please! ); what the flow country provides in terms of aquatics it makes up for in an absence of contour lines! We fit the pace to the client.
Approved Witness ( s ) are available at no additional charge and many people have been with us in the past specifically to complete their level 2. No additional charge is made for the completion of your Portfolio. However, we do need ample prior notice if an AW is required.
Caithness is a long haul North, but the challenge is well worth the trip - it really is something very different.
The Estate Policy is for calibres to be 6.5 and above and bullet weight of 129 – 140 grains plus. An Estate rifle in 308 is available. To emphasize, it is about the stalking. Typical ranges run from 35 yards to 150 yards, but the open nature of the terrain mandates that the capability to reach out is there if needed, hence the ballistic guidelines.
DB&B accommodation is available locally.
The ground can accommodate 2 parties stalking each day. Red highlight ( edit - which doesnt seem to work! so now just bold )on dates below indicate one party already booked and we will update/remove dates as bookings are confirmed.
A deposit of £120 per day/ person is required for Stags and £50 per day/person for Hinds.
Available dates are –
NO SUNDAY STALKING
Monday 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th & 30th
Tuesday 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th & 18th
Tuesday 22nd October onwards ( Excluding Sundays, Christmas etc )
Please e mail interest and preferred dates to email@example.com and we’ll send details, terms etc
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