Types of Stalking
Deer stalking in Britain can essentially be split into two categories. These are highland/open hill stalking and lowland/woodland stalking.
Highland stalking is typically associated with the hills of Scotland and lowland stalking associated with country and woodlands further south. When stalking on the open hill it is normal for the stalker to be out for the whole day. As the hill is open terrain the stalker is able to spot deer from long distances using a spotting scope. Once the stalker has spotted a suitable deer to be culled he will carefully plan his route and stalk into the deer.
In contrast to this style of stalking is lowland or woodland stalking. As a rule woodland stalking takes place either at first light or towards the end of the day at dusk. This is because woodland deer tend to lie-up in thick cover for most parts of the day and are not very mobile or visible. They become more active in moving and feeding from dusk, and throughout the night until dawn. The woodland stalker will walk on foot very quietly and carefully, checking every block of cover for deer. Alternatively the stalker might choose to use a high-seat.
Shooting from static high-seats
High-seat shooting consists of the stalker sitting in a static elevated seat and waiting for the deer to move out of cover onto a field, ride or clearing. This takes place either early morning or in the early evening until dark. The seats are strategically positioned to offer clear safe shots in areas where deer are known to move most frequently. Using highseats also provides the opportunity to witness a wide variety of wildlife not normally seen or heard.
Accompanied stalking on foot
Accompanied stalking consists of a client being guided on foot. The stalking guide's role is to support the client throughout the outing. This includes spotting deer, assisting the client into a position from where a safe shot can be taken and ensuring that the deer are suitable for culling. A typical accompanied morning stalk starts at first light and lasts for up to three hours. An afternoon outing will begin around two hours before dark and last until the light is no longer suitable. Stalking on foot gives a client the opportunity to experience the surrounding environment and to stalk skilfully within it.