The earliest known form of hunting was recorded in Norfolk, England in 1534. For pest control, farmers had to train packs of hounds to chase down and hunt foxes. Before the rise of agriculture and the domestication of animals hunting was a crucial activity and a necessity. Hunting brought food to the table, and pride to the hearts of men.
Royalties like King Edward VII, King George V, King George VI, Prince Philip, and Queen Elizabeth II have also enjoyed the predatory rush, excitement, and satisfaction brought by the practice of hunting.
Deer Hunting, since time immemorial, is considered a part of British rural culture. In the year 2012, deer hunting or deer stalking became a sport in the entire United Kingdom. According to BASC or the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, more than a million people in the United Kingdom actively participate in game birds shooting and deer hunting every year.
Deer hunting or deer stalking involves the use of high-powered rifles. Such practice is usually done high on moors, and in woodlands. There are certain hunting lodges all over the United Kingdom, which are properties that cater to the whims of hunters and their hunting parties. One of the most popular hunting lodges is Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge in Epping Forest.
There are six species of deer that exist in the United Kingdom which include the Red Deer being the most famous among all, the Sika, the Fallow Deer, the Roe Deer, the Muntjac which is a stocky deer with small antlers, and the antlers-less Chinese Water Deer. They are hunted for sport and the purpose of culling to a certain extent relative to their population.
In locating a wounded deer, a hunter would definitely have to rely on his hound’s skills on tracking it down. Most of the time, the species of dogs that are trained and used in accomplishing the said task are the German Wirehaired Pointers, Hanavaians, Baverians, and Vislas.
A hunter or stalker shoots a deer at a range that will guarantee a humane kill. A hunter’s position should be strategic, his vision clear, and his aim precise.
One is permitted to hunt or stalk a deer if and only if he only uses legal firearms, and shoots during open seasons at the hour after sunset or before sunrise from a moving vehicle.
Because of certain factors that include the preservation of animal life and diversity all throughout UK, there have been laws passed to either ban or minimize hunting in some parts. The Hunting Act of 2004 in England and Wales prohibits hunting with dogs except when it is done for pest control, in hunting rats and rabbits, retrieving shot hares, rescuing wounded animals, drag hunting, and trail hunting. When caught and found guilty, the fine to pay will cost you a lot (5,000 pounds) and besides that, the court would have all the rights to confiscate your dog and your hunting equipment.