In all cases where deer are present, management by culling is necessary. This is undertaken by professional wildlife managers, traditionally known as ‘stalkers’, who have unmatched experience in working with wildlife in Scotland, and a close knowledge of deer in particular.

The culling of deer involves the selection of older or unhealthy animals that are shot humanely with a high velocity rifle. Culling policy is agreed by deer management groups and allocated among their members on the basis of a regular coordinated count by the group, or on advice from SNH.