Roe Buck Stalking
There is Roe buck stalking available on the estate which is predominately carried out on the hill ground with a few bucks being shot on the low ground. In the main part the bucks tend to be pretty and uniformed Scottish hill bucks, however there have been a small number of medal heads shot on the low ground over the years. The best periods for Roe buck stalking on Cardney are May, June and August.
Fallow Buck Stalking
Cardney Estate carries a herd of approximately three hundred fallow does over its stalking area with only a small number of mature fallow bucks in residence. However, we have an influx of bucks starting in early September in preparation for the rut in October. Stalking is mainly carried out on the open hill and in the ancient oak woodlands and can be very exciting not to mention challenging with the stalker sometimes having to stalk in as close as 40-50 yards in the woodlands to get a clear shot. In the open hill the shot may be taken at 100-150 yards plus.
Fallow bucks are usually culled in September and October.
Fallow & Roe Doe Stalking
A large number of Fallow and Roe does are culled each winter. This is done by stalking on the hill and the ancient Oak woodlands. There are also approximately fifteen high seats located around the woodland and grass pastures which tend to be used more in the late afternoon to early evening. The culling of does is carried out on a very selective basis according to the current estate management programme. Stalking is generally undertaken with the estate stalker however some experienced sportsmen may shoot from high seats unaccompanied.
The doe cull usually takes place between November and the end of January.