Despite a late rut, the condition of red deer across Scotland is still good, claims the report on the 2013 season.
The first roars were not heard until late September on many estates, and some reported that the rut was brief and subdued. Tony Jackson, in his introduction to the ADMG and Knight Frank’s 2013 review, said: “Weather conditions may have had some part to play in this tardy rut.” He went on to reassure stalkers: “The condition of the deer remains satisfactory on most forests and reflects well on the overall standard of management by professional stalkers throughout the regions.”
The average weight ranged from 11 stone to 15½ stone, but there were several larger deer taken, including a 28st 11lb beast on the Ardnamurchan and Glenborrodale estate, and a 24st 11lb stag in Ardtomish.
Full report available here.