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25th November 2015

December - Almanac for Deer...

It is one of the joys of deer stalking in the UK, that there is pretty much something going on all year round. But what is December renowned...
18th November 2015

The Wall

Matthew Rogers witnesses an historical, man made phenomenon, the origins of which, may lie in early deer management. During my recent stalks in the...
12th November 2015

Capreolus v Boar

Toby Worthington follows a handful of Capreolus Club members as they set off to Croatia in search of Boar. (Above: Croatia has some beautiful...
04th November 2015

.303 British for Deer?

In a follow up to his recent article 'A Blast from the Past' Guy Hunter takes a more detailed look at the .303 and considers its use in deer...
27th October 2015

November - Almanac for Deer...

This year the rut for most deer species has been late, Peter Jones investigates what is going on.  (Above: The glorious Mar Lodge Estate - "My...

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County Deer Stalking offers readers a wealth of information in the form of short films and regular articles & reviews written by professional stalkers and top industry professionals. The site also provides a useful Directory which enables readers the opportunity to ‘Go Deer Stalking’ as well as the ability to source stalking Equipment Providers in all areas of the UK.

With heaps of information about all things deer stalking, County Deer Stalking is a one stop shop for all things deer stalking.

Deer stalking is a term used in the UK to refer to deer hunting through the stealthy pursuit of deer on foot. The intention is to kill for food and/or to manage a population. Deer are shot with a high powered rifle.

In other parts of the world the term deer hunting is preferred and broadly refers to the same practice. In the UK the term ‘hunting’ has historically referred to the practice of hunting with hounds and is therefore not attributed to the practice of stalking deer.

Deer have no natural predators in the UK and as such Deer numbers have increased dramatically. Apex predators have been absent from the UK for many years and so aside from selective deer culling through stalking and management, the only limitations to the continued population growth are starvation, disease and traffic collisions. The Deer Initiative estimates that there is a need to cull at least 500,000 deer per year to maintain a stable and healthy population.

At County Deer Stalking we maintain that without the careful management of deer through selective culling, deer damage to the UK countryside will continue to increase. Damage caused by deer can include serious damage to crops, trees and shrubs and result in the loss of many of the UKs native plants and species.

Uncontrolled deer can create a considerable headache for foresters, farmers and all those who make the countryside their business.  There is of course also the escalating problem of 'Deer Vehicle collisions,' something which can have very real and even fatal consequences. Whilst other forms of deer control may be explored, for example the use of fencing and other deterrents, this does not restrict the exponential population growth of what is essentially a prey species. At County Deer Stalking it is our belief that Deer numbers can only properly be controlled by selective and careful culling.

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