| 4.3°C Dublin

Deerhunters Companies slammed for offering trophy hunting holidays in Kerry

Scotsport UK is offering three-and five-day packages providing visitors with "exciting hunting on sika stag and wild goat in beautiful County Kerry in south west Ireland".

Close

Deer (John Walton/PA)

Deer (John Walton/PA)

Deer (John Walton/PA)

TWO trophy hunting travel companies remain silent and continue to sell VIP deer stalking packages to Co Kerry. 

Scotsport UK is offering three-and five-day packages providing visitors with "exciting hunting on sika stag and wild goat in beautiful County Kerry in south west Ireland".

It states on the company's website that "hunters will usually get a good opportunity to shoot an average (of) two to three sika stags during three to five days' hunting", at a cost of €850 for three days of hunting.

There is also a separate charge for trophy fees; should a successful hunter want to bring home a memento of the kill, with the company charging up to €550 for that service.

While Danish firm Diana Hunting, offers a similar package to international hunters but for a full week in the Kingdom.

According to the Danish company's website, a seven-day hunting stay in Kerry costs €2,595.

It offers "two stalking sessions" per day for hunting stag and wild goat.

Close

A stag and deer (Danny Lawson/PA)

A stag and deer (Danny Lawson/PA)

PA

A stag and deer (Danny Lawson/PA)

It describes the experience, saying: "As a hunter you will experience incredibly beautiful countryside with rugged mountains and huge forests in Co Kerry, in the south western corner of the world's most hospitable country."

It is not illegal to hunt stag and deer in Kerry once the relevant licenses are obtained.

The Sunday World made repeated attempts to contact both companies but at time of publication no reply had been received.

An official Irish, animal rights organisation, the Party for Animal Welfare (PAW), has condemned the practice and called on the Government to ban organised international trophy hunting in Ireland.

“Party for Animal Welfare abhors ALL forms of hunting, blood sports and killing of any animal,” said PAW spokesperson Carol Johnson.

“We strive to bring about changes, politically, by ending all blood sports, hunting, puppy farming, caged farming etc.

“It is not a ‘sport’ for a person with a shotgun to shoot a defenceless animal.

“It is not ‘sport’ to chase an animal to death.

“Seventy pc of the Irish population is against hunting and blood sports. To watch an animal die is not ‘sport’ nor normal.

“Over 2,000 deer were shot in Kerry in 2017. This is horrendous.

“Hunters are encouraged to travel by car, bringing their own guns and dogs.

“How disturbing is this?

“We need a referendum put to the public to ban blood sports once and for all.”

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices

Online Editors


Privacy