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Scottish Game Seasons - official dates

Roe deer (bucks) May 1 to October 20
Roe deer (does) October 21 to February 28
Red deer (stags) July 1 to October 20
Red deer (hinds) October 21 to February 14
Sika deer (stags) July 31 to April 30
Sika deer (hinds) October 21 to February 14
Fallow deer (bucks) August 2 to April 30
Fallow deer (hinds) October 21 to February 14
Trout March 15 to October 6
Salmon and sea trout February 11 to September 30
Hares July 1 to March 31
Black game August 20 to December 10
Grouse August 12 to December 10
Snipe August 12 to January 30
Woodcock October 1 to January 30
Wild fowl September 1 to January 30
Pheasant October 1 to January 31
Partridge September 1 to January 31


The West Rannoch Deer Management Group covers 18 estates in the area between Bridge of Orchy, Crianlarich, Glen Dochart, Ben Lawers and the upper parts of Glen Lyon. The estates welcome walkers but if you're planning to venture into the area during the stalking season it's worth making contact with the relevant estate, or estates, to ensure you don't disturb this vital part of land management. Stalking takes place through August to October 20 for stags and from October 21 to February 15 for hinds (although mostly Nov & Dec). Walkers can help to avoid disturbing deer during these periods by sticking to established tracks and ridges. There is no stalking on Sundays. The deer stalking enquiry numbers for each estate are as follows: Lochdochart - 01838 300274; Auch - 01838 400282; Blackmount - 01838 400225; Invermearan - 01567 820553; Cashlie - 01887 866237; Glen Lochay - 01567 820553; Auchessan - 01567 820421; Suie - 01567 820487; Gleann Dubh - 01567 830224; Auchlyne - 01567 820487; Boreland - 01567 820562; Lochs - 01887 866224; Meggernie - 01887 866205; Innerwick - 01887 866218; Roro - 01887 877222; South Chesthill - 01887 877233; Lawers & Morenish (NTS) - 01567 820553. Avoid calling after 9pm and before 8am. The Hillphones number for Glendochart and Glen Lochay, which covers part of this area, is 01567 820886 (recorded message).

On Islay, the year-round Walkers' Information Line gives details of stalking during the season as well as promoting other activities, such as guided walks. The number is 01496 300133.