“The Roe deer radar-like ears can pick up the thud of a clumsy footstep, and send them running like devils across the land.”
Top Roe Deer Stalking in the UK
The United Kingdom is home to some of the best Deer Stalking in the world, and there is no finer sport than stalking the elusive Roe Deer. Pitting your wits against a wild animal in its home environment provides a thrilling challenge and, is guaranteed to get you pulse racing. Roe deer are the smallest of the British native deer species, and they thrive in a wide variety of habitat across Britain. They are shrewd and highly adaptable and are experts of camouflage. The cunning Roe deer will provide one of the most challenging and intense country stalking you are ever likely to experience. Try outwitting this wily beast in its own territory early in the morning as dawn breaks or in the evening before sunset. The stalking demands the field craft of a time-served deerstalker who reads the land, silently guiding you closer to your chosen beast. As you stealthily stalk in, one poorly placed footstep can betray your position. The sound of your heart beating in your chest is amplified as you settle in, control your breathing and squeeze the trigger. This would help you in shooting your target.
Roe Deer Stalking
Stalking for roe deer can take place in fields or forest and the hunt is best between the daylight hours of 10 and 5 or 6 pm. The dark morning hours make stalking a bit difficult of this small deer species. They are fairly silent in their movements and activities compared to other species. Ideally, on a wild roe hunt , you have weather conditions welcoming roe deer movement and perfect visibility for stalking. Warmer, clear weather brings a better rut; the conditions help carry the stags' calls further and triggers a roe deer stalking activity to be more energetic- and also more care-free and oblivious. Other stalking, a roe deer hunt is done with the high seat hunting method. Hunting of roe deer can also be done by some hunting methods listed below:
- Hunting from Blind
Another great shooting species of UK is the red deer. The red deer is the fourth-largest deer species behind moose, elk and sambar deer. European red deer have a relatively long tail compared to their Asian and North American relatives. The impressive antlers are an exceptional trophy for every hunter. Red Deer react quickly to movement, and have good sense of smell, eyesight and hearing. When approaching, hunt into the wind, quietly and take advantage of cover if possible.
Open hunting seasons for Roe Deer in England and Wales:
- Male (Buck) 1st April – 31st October
- Female (Doe) 1st November – 31st March
- Male (Buck) 1st April – 20th October
- Female (Doe) 21 October – 31st March
You will need a .243 rifle . This is often referred to as the ‘estate rifle’ and will be supplied with ammunition by the deer stalker or the estate. You will be expected to demonstrate your shooting accuracy before you go stalking.