Police have confirmed they are investigating deer culling on a Highland estate, following claims by a walker that he saw helicopters being used to round up deer before they were shot.

The witness has claimed that shooting went on for about two hours, during which time between 120 and 130 shots were fired.

Crofting commissioner for Inverness and Moray Donald Ross said he felt that the deer must have been corralled because ?if you were stalking you would not fire that many shots?.

Under the 1996 Deer (Scotland) Act, it is an offence to drive deer using an aircraft under any circumstances.

Following the news, Scottish Gamekeepers Association chairman Alex Hogg said the deployment of helicopters had no place in deer management other than for counting.

The rest of this article appears in the 21st November issue of Shooting Times.

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