Iain Watson

Iain Watson

In 2013 Iain Watson was appointed Senior International Trophy Judge of CIC (International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation). He is a senior member of the UK trophy evaluation board of the CIC and acts as expert to the UK CIC Delegation. 

He has worked for the Forestry Commission in Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage and has been involved in deer evaluation and management since 1984. He is a crofter in the Outer Hebrides.

Qualifications and training

  • DMQ level 1 and 2
  • Trains and teaches trophy evaluation and formulae internationally and has trained judges from a number of European countries including: Sweden, Denmark, Norway,  Germany,  Hungary,  Ireland and the UK. 


Iain has contributed to a number of UK magazines and the revision of the formulae for the evaluation of game animals




Perruque head on doe

At the end of the rut a yearling buck on my ground was still in dark velvet and showed no signs of drying. The buck has an ear-high four-point head…

Despite COVID-19, figures for the Scottish 2020 list are impressive. From more than 260 roe heads presented, 232 were awarded CIC medals — 61 golds, 65 silvers and 106 bronzes.…

Scottish roe

In 2018 a Swedish hunter called Jimmy Olsson took three gold-medal roe during his visit. In 2019 on the same estate he and his friend, Manollo Rodriguez, grassed four gold-medal…

roe head

With a score of 
175.93, K. Mehl’s Aberdeenshire trophy took top honours for Scotland in 2017, maintaining that county’s place as one of the country’s great roe hunting territories. However,…