The Hillphones service detailing access arrangements for deer stalking starts operating for the season again from 1 July. The Hillphones service provides information to enable hillwalkers and climbers to find out where red deer stalking is taking place over the stag stalking season, between the 1st July and the 20th October, on certain estates. Click here to visit the Hillphones website and find the list of areas and telephone numbers.
The current system, which involves phoning a number for each of the 12 areas that take part in the scheme and listening to a recorded message, is due to be enhanced by a new website from 1 August. The pilot website will cover all the Hillphones areas and Blackmount and should provide an easier way to access the information. As soon as the new website goes live information will be available on Walkhighlands.
Deer numbers are reportedly down this year across much of the Highlands, with the extreme cold winter being blamed. The latest deer count undertaken by The Deer Commission for Scotland showed a significant fall in both red and roe deer numbers in east and west Grampian. The survey was completed over five days in January, and included the Cairngorms and parts of Perthshire and Aberdeenshire.