What are Deer Management Groups (DMGs)?

Deer Management Groups comprise groups of estates or other landholdings that share access to a discrete population or herd of deer that is managed as a common resource.

DMGs have been set up over the last 30 years with encouragement from the Government agency NatureScot (formerly Scottish Natural Heritage), with the responsibility for the conservation and control of all four species of deer presently found in Scotland.

There are now around 50 DMGs or sub groups covering almost all of the open hill red deer range, and expanding increasingly into lowland and woodland areas where all the species can be found.