HUNTER Dale Dunbar
HUNT TAKEN: Scotland Red Stag Hunt
CONSULTANT: Mat at Outdoors International
9/30/18 – 10/6/18
Scottish Highlands Red Stag by Dale Dunbar
We arrived at the Lodge for our red stag hunt at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Sunday and was met by another hunter from Germany. There is no hunting on Sunday, so he and his party were just lounging around the house. A few minutes later another duo from Germany showed up. Then, Valerie from the estate we would be hunting arrived, gave the new German group their tags, got them settled in and came back for us. She explained that we would be going over to the Fort Augustus area, about 50 miles away. She gave us directions, when to meet the Stalker, and away we went.
I met Scott, my Stalker, at 8:30 a.m Monday morning. After shooting the rifle a couple of times we headed to the hills. It was windy, pretty cool, and driving rain for the trip into the mountains. Scott spotted a group of hinds, and after glassing announced that there was a stag in the group, and we should try for it . We needed to get the wind correct for our stalk and started out. After a little walk, we started duck walking, then belly crawling to get in position. We had to wait for the Stag to clear his herd for a clear shot.
We were able to collect the downed stag from a creek bottom, and Stag #1 was in the locker. Scott was unable to hunt the next 3 days due to family issues, so we planned on hunting on Friday to try for Stag #2. This gave us plenty of sightseeing opportunities, a must in Scotland.
We went back into the same general area Friday morning. After looking over several herds, and passing up a one-horn stag, we spotted a group that held three stags and about 20 hinds. The roar had started, and we were able to glass several stags on the adjacent hills working their herds. Scott selected a Stag, and we began our stalk. We worked our way through a ditch, over a gravel road base, crawled through the mud, water, and heather to about 220 yards. We were laying in the wet mud, with rain and sleet beating on us while we waited for the Stag to stand and clear himself. After a finishing shot, Stag #2, an impressive 12 pointer, was in the Argo headed to the locker.
I can’t say enough about my stalker Scott. He was interesting, entertaining, and a first rate stalker. He worked hard for the animals we were able to harvest and cares about his wildlife. This is a genuine bucket list trip, and we will definitely return for another.
Not much communication from the outfitter. I initiated the communication, but they were really good at responding to questions. The area they sent me to and the Stalker they sent me with was absolutely first rate. Plenty of Stags, the accommodations that were set up was an Inn with a pub and diner and it was perfect. There was plenty of trails for my wife to hike right from the hotel,while I was hunting. The ladies who owned the Whitebridge Inn were fun, helpful, and a joy to visit with. Overall, we are really glad they used this resource for our hunt. Valerie is taking care of the trophies to ship, and am looking forward to receiving them.
- Overall, my trip was amazing, I couldn’t have asked for more.
- My outfitter’s communication before, during and after the trip was fair.
- My guide was amazing.
- Physically, the trip was moderate.
- The food and accommodations were good.
This was our first hunt abroad, Mat from Outdoors International was patient and explained all aspects of the trip. When an issue arose during, I was able to contact Mat and it was resolved immediately. I highly recommend and look forward to working with Mat for future trips.
- My consultant’s communication before, during and after the trip was perfect, I couldn’t have asked for more.
- My consultant was very knowledgeable, and a pleasure to talk to.
- Would you book another trip with us in the future? Yes.
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