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The last stag hunt: 45 years of stalking deer in Scotland

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Head stalker Peter Fraser leads a shooting party up to Milstone Cairn on the Invercauld Estate in Braemar, Scotland, on Sept. 28, 2012.

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Peter Fraser prepares to load a freshly shot stag onto a pony.

After forty five years as a professional stalker, and 43 years as the head stalker on the Invercauld Estate, Peter Fraser is working his last red deer stag season before his retirement in November. (Stalking is the term used in Scotland for hunting and shooting deer.) The stalking season runs from July until October.

According to the Invercauld Estate website, "the land has been in the ownership of the Farquharson family for many centuries and extends to approximately 200 square miles of spectacular scenery. The Estate is managed commercially but with great respect for the natural environment."

Read more about gamekeepers and Peter Fraser on the Scottish Gamekeepers Association website

Editor's note: This series of pictures was made available Oct. 1.

 

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Peter Fraser, right, and his hunting party look down on a stag at Loch Kander on the Invercauld Estate on Sept. 29, 2012, in Braemar, Scotland.

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Peter Fraser drags a shot stag at Milstone Cairn on the Invercauld Estate on Sept. 28, 2012.

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Peter Fraser disembowels a deer in Corrie Kander on the Invercauld Estate on Sept. 29, 2012.

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Peter Fraser stands in the larder doorway on Auchallater farm on the Invercauld Estate on Sept. 29, 2012.