Ghillies unloading stags from ponies after stalk, central Rum, July. ©Laurie Campbell/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.nature.scot

Deer stalking on the open hill

Responsible behaviour by the public

The Access Code says:

Deer management can take place during many months of the year but the most sensitive time is the stag stalking season (from 1 July to 20 October, but with most stalking taking place from August onwards).

During this season, you can help to minimise disturbance by taking reasonable steps to find out where stalking is taking place (such as by using the Heading for the Scottish Hills service) and by taking account of advice on alternative routes.

Avoid crossing land where stalking is taking place.

Stalking does not normally take place on Sundays.

Additional Information:

Be aware that stalking continues during the hind season between 21 October and 15 February and you should, as always, be prepared to follow reasonable requests.

Responsible behaviour by land managers

The Access Code says:

Be aware of where recreational use is likely, such as along paths, popular routes and ridge lines. Tell people where stalking is taking place, for example by using the Heading for the Scottish Hills service or using signs and information boards (in accordance with this Code), to give on-the-day information on stalking and alternative routes.

Additional Information:

Heading for the Scottish Hills provides a simple way for land managers to tell people where deer stalking is taking place. The service can help to reduce disturbance, as well as promoting responsible behaviour and understanding of deer management.

Stalking and public access - Guidance on Stalking Communication