The beginning of the hind stalking season
The stag stalking season has now drawn to a close. We successfully met our cull targets and, over the season, welcomed guests old and new, young and more mature! What they all had in common was that they had a fantastic time experiencing Craiganourâ€™s luxury lodge and the vast hill. The weather was mixed as usual with some particularly misty days. West winds early in the season kept a good number of stags off Craiganour making the stalking more challenging. However, the winds then changed and the stags gathered on estate ground in good numbers. The rut threatened from late September but with a lack of frosty nights to spur them on it didnâ€™t get into full swing until the very end of the season. Guests in those final weeks experienced the dramatic roars and enjoyed watching the pent-up stags fight for their hinds.
The hind stalking season has now begun and continues until mid-February. The majority of the hinds cull is completed by our gamekeepers but we do offer hind stalking to lodge guests and those who are just visiting for a day. At Â£192 per day this is a great way to experience the thrill of stalking without the expense of the stags. Do wrap up warm though!
Last month the estate donated a prize of hind stalking for two followed by dinner and an overnight stay for ten to the Help for Heroes Tartan Dinner and Auction in Edinburgh. Dinner for the ten guests was added to the package by former Gleneagles chef Andrew Hamer of Wild Thyme. We were delighted with the money the prize raised for the charity and look forward to welcoming the lucky winner and their guests in the near future.