All the Stag and Hind stalking is carried out with the estate management policy in mind, which relates to the preservation and improvement of the Islands deer population. Therefore it is unlikely that a trophy head will be taken but over the course of the season some weird and wonderful heads do turn up.
During the rut which is usually the last 3 weeks of the season is an exciting time to stalk. This is when the Stags return to the hind’s home ranges and compete for access to hinds by taking part in elaborate displays of dominance. The stags roar and walk parallel and fight with great vigour and ferocity. Two rival stags sometimes walk slowly beside each other, a little apart, assessing each other’s strength. The weakest may walk away but if they seem to be evenly matched then they may begin to fight.