Spouse Payback Trip This Estate Hunt is An Unusual Discovery


Published: September - 2005

Fair warning - the 80,000-acre Royal Deeside Estate in the highlands of northern Scotland does not have medal-class roe deer because of its location in the highlands, miles from the nutrient-rich lowlands where agriculture is present. But then getting a medal-class animal is not the reason one tries to get a chance to hunt this exclusive property. The whole point here is to enjoy the elegant environment and the host of activities open to non-hunting spouses.

Seems Michael Grosse of International Adventures Unlimited has established a very special relationship with Deeside's head game keeper, who has gotten him access from the family who owns the estate. The hunting here is simply not open to the general public. Nor is it promoted openly. The access Grosse is allowed here allows him to bring about a dozen carefully selected hunters on the property each spring. Hunting Report subscribers Michael and Paula Irvin were among those invited to Deeside this past spring. Here is how Paula Irvin described their experience there:

"Hunters at Deeside are guided 1 x 1 by one of the estate's nine professional game keepers. The game keeper drives you out to the area you are to hunt in a well-kept Landrover. From there you go on foot, glassing and stalking. You will cover a lot of ground this way, and you will see mature roe bucks on every outing. My husband and I both hunted, and we got to stalk deer each time we went out, although we did not always connect. The game keepers like to get as close as possible before allowing you to shoot, so expect to do some belly crawling.

"The roe bucks in the estate's lower country around the rivers and woods tend to be a bit bigger, but they disappear quickly in the foliage. Taking one there requires stalking close to them quickly. In the highland heather, the terrain is more open, requiring longer, more difficult stalks without much cover. Make sure you have good raingear, because it rains often in this part of the world.........(continued)

 
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