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Thread: Where Are the Red Stags Just Now

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    Where Are the Red Stags Just Now

    Going up to the banks of Loch Tay on Tuesday coming to try and shoot some stags for friends up there. Anyone in that neck of the woods who can tell me if they are still out on the tops or are they starting to migrate to some of the lower ground? I know it's still early in the season but when out this morning walking dogs there was a real nip in the wind. No flies out etc. I know its a bit of a vague question. Just curious and wondering if perhaps I should leave it for a month or so when I know they will be down.

    Hoping they are going to make it easy for me!

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    J,

    imho, Deer are wild animals mate so go and have a walk.
    no matter what we all think there, (the whole species) will always be one that wont do what its SUPPOSED to do.
    If you put in the man hours the rewards are brilliant.

    atb mate and good luck.

    f.

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    Just to explain: unfortunately only a small piece of the ground is high ground. The majority of it runs along the lower reaches of the hills next to the Loch. If they don't happen to be on this small strip it's a wasted journey, unless of course they are starting to move to lower ground. Hence the question. The work and man hours don't bother me but It's a long way to go on the off chance that they may be there when there is plenty to be doing on my doorstep.

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    Lazy man.
    Use google earth and see if you can spot any

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    Quote Originally Posted by Les Brooks View Post
    Lazy man.
    Use google earth and see if you can spot any
    Just done that, there are loads! And they are all standing still. You think they will still be there on Tuesday?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamross65 View Post
    Just to explain: unfortunately only a small piece of the ground is high ground. The majority of it runs along the lower reaches of the hills next to the Loch. If they don't happen to be on this small strip it's a wasted journey, unless of course they are starting to move to lower ground. Hence the question. The work and man hours don't bother me but It's a long way to go on the off chance that they may be there when there is plenty to be doing on my doorstep.
    hi,

    Noted, i agree that the cost over likelihood is a big factor.
    personally i had to make a similar decision recently in regards to the roe buck.
    I see everywhere the ruts over the deer are away not till September now etc etc.
    however two and a half hour drive over with and three hours stalking/highseat patience two roe bucks in the fridge....

    imho there is always one whom will never conform to what should happen. Noted the reds may differ slightly as too may your ground.
    i just love to stalk and its not always about coming home with the deer, but it helps lol

    f.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamross65 View Post
    Just done that, there are loads! And they are all standing still. You think they will still be there on Tuesday?
    Don't know, have a look before you leave

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    deer still high getting away from flies. They're moving down at night and back up at dawn , first light your best bet although they've had a bit of a pasting last season so will be thinner on the ground.

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    Ther's one in the back of my 4X4 just now I can't claim the honour of shooting it but it was taken off my ground, a forestry block.

    John
    A clever man knows his strengths, a wise man knows his weaknesses

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    Quote Originally Posted by pitiliedon View Post
    deer still high getting away from flies. They're moving down at night and back up at dawn , first light your best bet although they've had a bit of a pasting last season so will be thinner on the ground.
    Cheers for that. I thought the lack of flies here on the low ground (still 700ft above) meant they may be well on the way out up that way. Guess it is going to be a very early start then

    Need to stop at Aberfeldy and order new breeks from Haggarts so that will be done on the way home I guess.

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