Deer stalking
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Lewis and the attached Isle of Harris can offer some spectacular deer stalking for the native red deer. There are only red deer on Lewis and so there has been no cross breeding with introduced sika. Many estates on the island book their stalking by the week to guests staying in the lodge but it is often possible to get a single day, or few days, at both stags and hinds. In some areas mechanical extraction is impossible, as is taking the guest up the hill on a quad or argo. With this in mind the visiting stalker must expect to climb the hills and may have to walk some considerable distance during the day. Lewis red deer tend to be somewhat smaller than their mainland counterparts both in body and also in antlers and so the trophy of a lifetime is unlikely but the experience of a lifetime is very possible indeed and in winter when stalking hinds it is more akin to stalking sheep in the most remote parts of Asia. Should you wish to stalk deer while on Lewis then it is suggested that you contact Russell Hird who can make the necessary arrangements. Russell can provide access to great stalking both on the open hill and also in some lower and forestry areas, something relatively new and unique on Lewis. The walking on the open hill is relatively strenous and all extraction is manual whereas the forestry stalking is easy going and mechanical extraction is possible so stalking can be arranged to suit all levels of fitness.

Russell J Hird Sporting Agent
Dollag's Cottage @ 7 South Shawbost
Stalking winter hinds on the Isle of Lewis
Stalking September stags on the Isle of Lewis
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Winter hind stalking on Lewis

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Recovering a September stag on Lewis
Red deer on the Isle of Lewis
Deer stalking on the Isle of Lewis
Right: Great views while stalking on Lewis in September


Below: small stags on the Lewis moorland and on the hill stalking September stags.