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The hills are lonely

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TODAY is the end of the annual stag stalking season in Scotland and the last day male red deer may be legally killed on unfenced hills without a licence.

The weather this year has been exceptionally fine, the best for many years.

Unfortunately the same cannot be said of the number of deer around. From one end of Scotland to the other, stalkers are complaining stags are scarce, which is hardly surprising.

For the past decade, thousands of deer have been unnecessarily slaughtered to meet European Union Habitat Directives from which common sense should have dictated they be largely exempt.

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