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Deer stalking - a brief history

Deer stalking is the term given to the stealthy pursuit of deer for sporting purposes. 

Since Norman times, deer have been hunted for both sport and as a source of meat. Historically, all deer and other game belonged to the king and the right to kill or take a deer remained the exclusive preserve of his through 'Forest Law'. Packs of hounds known as stag hounds and buck hounds were used to pursue and take down deer. Chasing deer to areas where they could be killed using bows and crossbows was also commonly practised, particularly during Elizabethan times.

In the early 1800s the integrated cartridge was invented, which combined bullet, powder and primer. This new cartridge design coupled with guns which now had rifled barrels gave us the first weapons used exclusively for sporting purposes, rather than battle.

This much improved efficiency and accuracy allowed sportsmen to stalk deer and take more accurate and humane shots over greater distances than was previously possible. The increasing availabiltiy of sporting rifles gave rise to the popularity of the  sport of deer stalking as we know it today.

Deer stalking is currently one of the fastest growing field sports in Britain. Social networking media have provided those interested in the sport with an extensive selection of stalking opportunities. Training courses such as DSC1 and DSC2 have vastly improved deer management and welfare standards in the UK. It is our objective at Viscount to ensure that we maintain high standards in keeping with modern times and continue to provide deer stalking services that are ethical and humane.