Stalking costs surveyed
Interim results from a recent survey by the Scottish Association of Deer Management Groups show that prices for stag stalking range from £240 to £600 per Rifle per day. Estates which provide both a stalker and a gillie charge on average £503 per day and those which provide only a stalker charge £377. The research, which has so far generated results from 62 estates, was intended to establish what is currently being charged for stag and hind stalking.
The charge per Rifle per day for hind stalking ranges from £50 to £360, with an average of £187. Estates which provide a gillie and a stalker charge an average of £207 and those which only provide a stalker charge £180.
Other information provided by the survey included the method for carcase extraction. The majority of the estates surveyed recover stag carcases by ATV and more recover carcases by quad bike (11 per cent) than pony (6 per cent).
The rest of this article appears in 17th August issue of Shooting Times.