UK Hunting Vacation

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  • Country lodge
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    The traditional Red Hill Stag hunting begins in early September until the middle of October and is a 7 night stay/5 day hunt. It takes place on a hunting estate of 35,000 acres, and whilst all hunting for Scottish Red Hill Stags in Scotland is free ranging, we endeavour to get you good representations of the breed. Expectation is 8 points and above in total. For 2 stags and accommodation, all meals and round trip transport from Edinburgh airport etc. the price $5,550.00 per hunter and $3,550.00 per non-hunter, making a total price per couple of $9,100.00. This is a 2 on 1 hunt to the hunting area and then a 1 x 1 for the final stalk.

    Included in the price – plenty of Brown Trout fishing on the estate in river and lake, and clients can borrow spinning rods if they don’t wish to bring their own.

    Also included is field preparation of the antler trophies, which is boiling the heads to museum standard as required by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Dept., and packing so they can be taken back on the plane as baggage.

    Not included in the above price – if the hunters require the capes of their trophies there is an extra charge by the hunting estate of $100.00 per cape (because since the recent Foot & Mouth disease outbreak new regulations say the front half of the carcass will be condemned by the Ministry of Agriculture inspector on arrival at the processing plant if it is without the cape), and for return to the U.S. the capes must be flint dried by a taxidermist as per U.S. Dept. of Agriculture regulations, and the charge for this is not included in the price of the hunt and is paid direct to the taxidermist by the client.

    Also not included in the hunt price is hard liquor, tips and gratuities to the staff and international and internal flights.

    Sika Stag may be available as an extra from $1,400.00 per animal if the client is staying at the hunting lodge and it is taken during their Scottish hill stag hunt.

    A limited number of special trophy Red Stags may be available. These animals are in a large fenced area of between 1,000 and 2,000 acres in size and will be in excess of 14 points. Prices start at $3,500.00 per stag.

    Hunting clients wishing to bring their own rifles will need a Visitors’ Firearm Permit issued by our Police. I can arrange this for them at a cost of $80.00 per permit. Clients not wishing to apply are welcome to borrow one of the rifles, there is no charge but the fee is $30.00 to cover the ammunition. On no account should clients bring ammunition over without a licence. This hunt required a reasonable level of fitness, and all prices are in U.S. dollars.



    Additional information

    We will tailor your hunting vacation to your requirements. Whether you are an experienced hunter or hunting for the first time he will endeavour to give you the hunting experience you are looking for.

    During the Trophy animal hunting it is important to Mike that hunter’s companions enjoy their vacation also, so speak to Mike about what touring/shopping trips can be included in the package.

    Non-hunting companions already have their own programme during the traditional free ranging Scottish Red Stag hunts – please click on UK Hunting Vacations for more details.

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    Scottish Red Deer

    Traditional Free Red Stag



    This is a chance for the hunter to sample a unique way of hunting for the free ranging Red Stag. As this is a traditional hill stag hunt the method has changed very little in many years. The main change is that most hunting estates now use eight-wheel-drive ATV vehicles instead of ponies to bring the day's trophies off the mountain at the end of the day.

    A typical day for the hunter would begin at about 8 a.m. with breakfast, leaving for the hunting area at about 9.30 a.m. The 2 hunters with their guide, would glass the hills and valleys looking for a good representative of the breed, which would be a mature stag, hopefully 8 points or more and ready for harvesting. Once the stag has been spotted the stalk would begin, but this could take many hours to get into shooting distance - usually 100-150 yards.

    When the shot has been taken and all the formalities taken care of, the hunter and guide with the stag will return to the lodge with the aid of the ATV, usually at around 4.30 p.m.

    After a hot bath and a relaxing drink to ease off tired muscles, the guests get together for cocktails at around 7 p.m. followed by dinner, coffee in the lounge and maybe a few 'drams' whilst everyone discusses the day's hunting and what adventures lie ahead for the next day.

    Mike is always on hand not only to make your Scottish safari a memorable hunting experience but to make the trip a memorable holiday for his non-hunting guests.

    Unlike a lot of hunting destinations around the world where a non-hunter has little or nothing to do, Mike McCrave's Scottish hunting offers the opposite - superb hunting for the hunters and Scottish hospitality for the non-hunters. We have a car and driver available whose sole purpose is to look after the non-hunting guests and help to make it a memorable trip for them.

    For the non-hunters the day would start at about 8.00 a.m. with breakfast. When the hunters have left for the day, which would be about 9.30 a.m. the non-hunters with their driver, would start hunting amongst Scotland's finest woollen and cashmere mills and see crystal and glass blowing. There are centuries of history and castles to explore, and the magic and myths of the rugged, spectacular Scottish countryside to see.

    The touring side of your day would finish at about 4.30 p.m. when you return to the hunting lodge to be greeted by a warm welcoming fire and your hunting partner, when you can tell about the trophies that you hunted that day.

    The day would be rounded off with cocktails at around 7 p.m., then dinner, with coffee following in the lounge by the log fire, and thinking about the next day's adventures.

    Mike's aim is not only to make your Scottish safari a memorable hunting experience but to make the trip a memorable holiday for his non-hunting guests.

  • River fishing
  • Lake, pond, reservoir fishing
  • Seasons

    Species of fish: 

  • Brown trout
  • Ecotourism

    Non-hunting companions have a full sight-seeing programme arranged for them every day. A professional tour guide and touring vehicle will take them to places of interest which include historical castles, a 12th century cathedral, stately homes, Fort William, Pitlochry, Blair Atholl, the amazing Cawdor Castle and of course Loch Ness (to see Nessie?) and shopping for antiques and cashmere, and on the Saturday morning a whisky distillery. They will leave the Lodge after breakfast and have a full day touring, returning late afternoon. On one evening during the week they will be driven up the valley to hopefully see the stags coming down from the mountains just before dusk. When the hunters are finished they are welcome to join the tours or go fishing.


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