There are few places on earth that can match Scotland’s rugged scenery, sporting tradition and majestic red deer population - and nothing is quite like the experience of stalking red stags (Cervus elaphus scoticus) in the remote highland glens.
Through selective culling, this traditional Highland sport is essential to conserve and promote a healthy stable wild red deer population and to protect the natural habitat.
We can organise deer stalking, and a Macnab if you wish, in the Cairngorms area of the Scottish highlands - notably the ‘stomping grounds’ of John Farquharson (1832-1903), using many deer forests referenced in the book “The Romance of Poaching in the Highlands of Scotland" by W. McCombie Smith, which illustrates the lives of John Farquharson and Alexander Davidson’s poaching exploits, a welcome antidote to the usual Laird’s perspective.
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Red Deer Stag Hunting
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RED DEER STALKING
The Macnab - bagging a salmon, stag and brace of grouse within one day between dawn and dusk, derives its name from the 1925 book “John Macnab” by John Buchan.
The story follows three protagonists: Sir Edward Leithen, John Palliser-Yeates and Lord Lamancha, all desperately bored and seeking excitement. The trio warn three Highland estate owners they intend to poach a salmon or a stag from their land within 48 hours, and present it at the door of the big house, without being caught. Nom de guerre, John Macnab will stand the cost.
We have access to some of the finest estates in Scotland for a Macnab, and you don’t have to do it while being pursued by the owners of the estates - but I’m sure we can organise that if you so wish!
John Farquharson (1832-1903)
John Farquharson was born in Glenfernate, highland Perthshire in the mid-1830s. He served as a gamekeeper for many years, and at this time devoted considerable attention to rifle shooting, winning many prizes with his notable shooting position (‘lying on his back’), proving useful in sparsely covered highland vegetation.
The confinement of gamekeeper employment was too much for Farquharson, and he gave up his position and started shooting "on his own" amongst his beloved mountains and moorlands. Thus, began his career as a poacher, more so an ‘illicit sportsman’, on the Perthshire moors and forests, stalking game there on the preserves of the aristocracy.
Red deer stag standing in heather peat moorland on an estate / forest in the highlands of Scotland.
RED DEER MANAGEMENT
Deer Management Groups take on the responsibility for calculating deer population density and recommending cull levels for area management plans.
Red Deer Ivory Stag Tusk Cufflinks
Handmade Tusk Cufflinks Set In Sterling Silver
With the Red Deer stag rut in full swing in the highlands of
Scotland, now is the time to send us the tusks (maxillary canines).
We will polish and set the ivory tusks in sterling silver to create a
unique pair of cufflinks....