As Sieloff tells it, "The roe deer hunt was a three-day, all-inclusive package: airfare, transportation from Edinburgh, Scotland, to a locally-owned inn with Scottish fare and personalized hospitality. My room at the top (third floor), overlooked a manicured golf course and heather-covered mountains. Occasionally, a small roe buck would come out in the evenings to graze among the flowers.
"The Royal Deeside Estate is a gigantic estate with exquisite game in even more exquisite settings. While called an estate hunt, it is not high-fenced hunting. It was entirely fair chase, complete with skilled gamekeepers and formal hunting traditions dating back hundreds of years. Each ghillie (guide) is the gamekeeper for a specific area of the estate, and knows the ebb and flow of game, including where the rut is most active.
"I wanted to hunt with my bow, but Scotland prohibits archery hunting. It's theoretically possible to take your own gun to Scotland, but, on Grosse's recommendation, I chose to rent the ghillie's gun for a small fee instead.
"The hunts started in the dark at 4:15 am, meeting outside the hotel at the van for a continental breakfast. By daylight we'd arrive at the estate to meet our ghillie, then we'd jump into the Range Rover and begin spotting from the comfort of the vehicle. Typically, the ghillies were well into their day before we came on site and had an idea where the deer were.
"After the morning........(continued)