Scottish Natural Heritage has advised that a number of changes to the law for shooting deer out of season have now come into effect.
SNH must now authorise any deer culled out of season, and the exemption for owners and occupiers has been removed.
Robbie Kernahan, SNH’s head of wildlife operations, said: “I’d like to reassure owners and occupiers that they won’t have to get authority from us every time they need to cull deer and protect their interests.
“We can now issue both specific and general authorisations, so we intend to issue a general licence to owners and occupiers who need to cull deer to prevent damage to farmland or enclosed woodland.”
General licences will cover the period from 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013, but will not include the shooting of female deer from 1 April to 31 August. For more information, visit www.snh.gov.uk.