Deer stalking during the height of summer can involve some unsociable hours.

I appreciate that I am in the business of sales, but in truth I am no great fan of June. In fact, were I to take a holiday from deer stalking, this would be the month for doing so.

Roebuck Stalking Summer 23

Above: Stalking with a CDS client. Long summer evenings in June, during which twilight seems to stretch on endlessly, can be breathtakingly beautiful.

June is widely considered to represent a lull in activity. Not only are four of the UK’s six deer species off-limits, but the main focus of our attention, Roebuck, are themselves taking a bit of time-out, to gather their strength, before the rut in late July/early August.

However, for me, this is not the main reason. Such are the quality of our grounds, I can usually reckon on finding a buck or two, it is more the unsociability of the hours.

During the peak of the summer solstice, on Wednesday 21st June, depending on where you are in the UK, stalking may legally commence at 3.50am and cease at 10.29pm. By the time you have travelled to or from the ground and packed up your gear, that makes for a crazy early start, or unsociably late finish.

With that said, if you do elect to go stalking in June, the long summer evenings during which twilight seems to stretch on endlessly, can be breath takingly beautiful. And during the mornings, you feel as though you have the entire countryside to yourself for long hours before most people are stirring from their beds.

Love it or loathe it, stalking during these long daylight hours, has both its charms and drawbacks. For me, I do not expect to invoke much sympathy and nor should I, I have turned a passion into a job, and I simply love what I do, irrespective of the working hours.

For everything you need to know about Roebuck stalking, the best time to go, what to take, how to call Roebuck in the rut, etc, etc. Then simply click here: roebuck-stalking-everything-you-need-to-know

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Open Seasons for June

IN Season in England & Wales:  Roebuck, Muntjac Buck & Muntjac Doe.

OFF Season in England & Wales: Roe Doe, Fallow Doe, Fallow Buck, Sika Hind, Sika Stag, Red Hind, Red Stag, CWD Buck & CWD Doe. 

IN Season in Scotland: Roebuck

OFF Season in Scotland: Roe Doe, Fallow Doe, Fallow Buck, Sika Hind, Sika Stag, Red Hind, Red Stag. 

(Peter Jones - Editor)




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