Scottish Hunting Vacation

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Unlike a lot of hunting destinations around the world where a non-hunter has little or nothing to do, our  Scottish hunting offers the opposite - superb hunting for the hunters and Scottish hospitality for the non-hunters. We have a car and driver available whose sole purpose is to look after the non- hunting guests and help to make it a memorable trip for them.

For the non-hunters the day would start at about 8.30 a.m. with breakfast. When the hunters have left for the day, which would be about 9.30 a.m. the non-hunters with their driver, would start hunting amongst Scotland's finest woolen and cashmere mills and see crystal and glass blowing. There are centuries of history and castles to explore, and the magic and myths of the rugged, spectacular Scottish countryside to see.

The touring side of your day would finish at about 4.30 p.m. when you return to the hunting lodge to be greeted by a warm welcoming fire and your hunting partner, when you can tell about the trophies that you hunted that day.

The day would be rounded off with cocktails at around 7 p.m., then dinner, with coffee following in the lounge by the log fire, and thinking about the next day's adventures.

Our  aim is not only to make your Scottish safari a memorable hunting experience but to make the trip a memorable holiday for his non-hunting guests.

The Hunt

 The hunting takes place right out the back door among 35,000 private, free range acres. The hunt is challenging and fun. You will hunt hard, get wet, cold dirty and tired but it well rewarding. Relax, prop your feet up and have a superb scotch over the fire place in the beautiful 4 star lodge. You will be hunting Scottish, European, and English stags. Brown Trout fishing is included in your trip.

Success on the five day, 2 stag hunt has been 100%. Hunting takes place at about 2800 feet above sea level in the Scottish Mountains. Our host outfitter has conducted hunts for over 40 years in this area, the last 16 years out of this lodge. The lodge is owned by Alcoa and has hosted many discriminating guests through the years. The plantation hosts approximately 50 stag hunters per season. 4 clients per week are treated to this first class experience. Clients can expect to see over 400 stags per day. Shots average 100-150 yards. Trophy stags average 8-12 points and 9-13 years of age. This is pure hunting in the finest way.  Hunting is done by spot & stalk methods while hiking from areas accessed by Land Rovers and 8 wheel drive vehicles.

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Getting there:  Clients fly commercial to London’s Gatwick Airport and onto Inverness where they are met by the staff of the lodge and transported 1.5 hours to the lodge. The nearest town is Newton Moore. The plantation is located 60 miles south of Inverness Airport and 20 miles west on highway A-9.

Non hunting guests enjoy daily tours free of charge out of late model Mercedes vehicles including,  but not limited to wineries, churches, woolen and cashmere mills, and visiting glass blowing craftsman.

Rates

Hunter: Call for pricing.
2x1 guided stag hunt Including license
Two stag hunt
Japanese Free ranging Sika trophy: Additional fee.

Non-Hunting Guest: Call for pricing.

Includes: all gourmet meals, wine, (no hard liquor included) 4 star lodging, tours and tour guide, game care.

Also included is plenty of Brown Trout fishing on the estate in river and lake, and clients can borrow spinning rods if they don’t bring their own. Game care includes field preparation of the antler trophies, which is boiling the heads to museum standard as required by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Dept., and packing so they can be taken back on the plane as baggage.

Not included: If the hunters require the capes of their trophies there is an extra charge by the hunting estate per cape (because since the recent Foot & Mouth disease outbreak new regulations say the front half of the carcass will be condemned by the Ministry of Agriculture inspector on arrival at the processing plant if it is without the cape), and for return to the U.S. the capes must be flint dried by a taxidermist as per U.S. Dept. of Agriculture regulations, and the charge for this is not included in the price of the hunt and is paid direct to the taxidermist by the client. Also not included in the hunt price is hard liquor, tips and gratuities to the staff and international and internal flights. Call for pricing.

Additional costs: US firearm permit; clients may borrow a firearm if need be free of charge. Additional caping charge of trophy. Call for pricing.

Dates: Our traditional Red Hill Stag hunting begins at the end of August until the middle of October and is a 7 night stay/5 day hunt.   September is prime hunting. While all hunting for Scottish Red Hill Stags in Scotland is free ranging, we strive to get you good representations of the breed.   Expectation is 8 points and above in total.   For 2 stags and accommodation, all meals and round trip transport from Inverness airport etc. as shown in the attachment, the price varies for hunters and non-hunters. This is a 2 on 1 hunt to the hunting area and then a 1 x 1 for the final stalk. Please call for pricing.

Reservations: A 50% deposit is required to reserve your hunt date. All checks and credit cards are accepted by Riata Hunting Ranches, LLC. Call today to reserve your Scottish vacation hunting trip.

Equipment  List

Below is a list of suggested items that hunters may find useful during their hunting trip in Scotland:

  • Binoculars (essential)
  • Baseball cap and warm cap
  • Woollen pants
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Gore-Tex hunting jacket with under layer
  • Shooting gloves
  • Wool socks (suggested minimum of three pairs)
  • Boots – most hunters find good quality hiking/hunting boots with gaiters preferable.    Good ankle support is essential.
  • Waterproof pants and jacket

Suggestions: Wear layers so that you can adjust from hunting to waiting. Army combat jacket and trousers can be just as good with layers, and don’t forget to bring a small backpack. Clothing that does not make too much noise is essential.

Please note that these are suggestions only. Bring whatever you are comfortable in but denim is not suitable for the Scottish hills because once it gets wet it stays wet and this can be dangerous in the mountains.

Bringing Firearms into Britain: You should have no difficulties at all when bringing your firearm into Britain provided you have and carry with you a Visitors’ Firearm Permit. This must be produced to H.M. Customs at port of entry when collecting your weapon. We can easily arrange a Permit for you provided we have the following documents in good time:

  • A copy of your current firearms license or hunting permit
  • A good character reference from your local Police or sheriff
  • Full details of the weapon, i.e. make, caliber, serial number and type of action (no semi-automatics or pump actions allowed)

It is now mandatory that all hunting clients must be covered for limited liability insurance in case of hunting accidents for the sum of $10 million. Please ask for details.

The police will send the permit to the outfitter and the outfitter will forward to the client. If you have any questions or need any other information please let us know. We need a minimum of 8 weeks from receipt of the documentation to make sure the police issue the Permit in good time. (All this information can be faxed, or scanned and e-mailed to us). Remember, If you would rather not be burdened  with any of this we can arrange for you to borrow one of the outfitters late model rifles.

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Fishing gear for Brown Trout – spinning rods are available at the Lodge without charge but we ask clients to pay for any damage or loss of equipment. If you are a fly fisherman I would suggest that you bring your own rods and flies.

Laundry facilities are available at the Lodge, and there is an excellent drying room to dry hunting clothing overnight if necessary.

Dress for dinner in the evening is smart casual.  No hunting clothes or hats to be worn at the dining table please, and it is a non-smoking lodge but you can smoke outside of course.

Remember the voltage in the U.K. is 220 – 240 volts, so you will need a step-down voltage converter for your hair dryers, etc. if you bring them with you, because the American system is 110 volts. Our plug sockets are 3-pin, the pins are square, and you should be able to buy a step-down converter and plug converter in any American travel shop or most airports.

The Lodge does not have e-mail facilities and mobile phones do not work at the Lodge because there is no line-of-sight signal. This is Scottish countryside and the estate is some 35,000 acres.