We will take you to various locations during the Rut season to photograph the majestic wild Red Deer on Exmoor. The best way to stalk deer properly is by foot. Therefore, all customers attending this course should be aware that to get the most from it, you should be able to walk a minimum of 1 mile unaided per stalk, as the stalks can often be quite strenuous and over rough terrain. We do not chase/push the deer and the perfect stalk is to leave them where we find them or very close to it. It is also essential that course participants understand that the Red Deer are wild animals. The emphasis is always as little or no disturbance as is possible our absolute golden rule. We do not in any way interfere with their natural environment or habitat. This course is about enjoying and photographing these amazing animals during the rut season in the stunning surroundings of Exmoor National Park. It is not about chasing them all over the moor. A proper stalk using the advice and field craft we will teach you is great fun and can be very rewarding. Hopefully, this will result in you being able to take some memorable photographs.
We will make sure that you are properly prepared for your day and will provide you with all the information you need during your booking, from wearing the right clothing to what lens and camera is suitable.
We/Jamie will always endeavour to get you close enough to photograph them but this is not guaranteed. We often find that if you ‘stand back’ and let events unfold the Stags will very often Rut close enough to the vehicle/road without the need to approach them.
Exmoor Photography is licensed by the National Trust to use some off road tracks during the courses if required, these will only be used when weather permits and when necessary.
These courses are designed to educate, be fun, relaxed, and hopefully enjoyable!The Rut season peaks during the month of October -
The Red Deer courses run for the whole of October, however the rut usually reaches its peak by the end of the third week, so book yours early to witness and photograph the rut in full swing. We have always found Stags to photograph in the last week but any ‘bolving’ and the rut its self is usually over by the end of the month. We will show you various photography techniques as per the ‘what you learn’ list below, however during the Red Deer Courses there will be an emphasis on capturing wildlife and action photography with your camera.
PLEASE NOTE that this 'special' is aimed at the more competent photographer, with a working knowledge of the following camera settings, Apertures, ISO's, Focus Modes, Shutter Speeds & Bracketing/Exposure Compensation etc. If you are not familiar with these settings, Jack advises customers who are considering the 'Red Deer Rut Special' may wish to consider completing the 'standard course' first.Red Deer Rut Special -
if the deer are a no show on the day of your course we will refund £50.00. Alternatively, we will offer you another day FOC (may not be same season), subject to a nominal charge towards our costs and your lunch (£40.00). If we have to cancel the course ourselves (other than weather forecast, see T&C’s) we will refund you the full amount with no handling fees or charges.
We also spend a lot of time locating the Deer before the course day to avoid disappointment. Obviously, there is no guarantee that we will find any on the day (they are wild after all) however, Jack and Jamie are very good at Deer ‘spotting’ and have over 40 years’ experience stalking, observing and photographing wild Red deer on Exmoor, so we should find something.
We have a tried and tested system for spotting, tracking and stalking the Deer, which should enable Jamie to get you close enough to successfully photograph them.
Jack has created a laminated course handout that you will be given at the 'meet & greet' at the beginning of your day. This is yours to keep and provide a useful reference for you to use, next time you take your camera out on your own! All course participants will also receive Jack's guide to 'Exmoor Red Deer' handout. Lunch and hot/cold beverages are included. There is also aways a supply wife Alisons legendary flapjack & homemade cakes!
Course numbers are limited to a maximum of two customers for the Red Deer Rut Special, so you will have all the one to one time you require, with either Jack and/or staff. It is also not possible to properly stalk deer with larger groups. We pride ourselves on providing first class customer service here at Exmoor Photography, something that is supported by our customer reviews.
Jack advises having a camera or lens that is at least the equivalent of a 400mm (500mm is best) lens minimum for Red Deer Photography (please do not include your cameras crop factor, if not full frame). So for example an SLR with a 400mm or a Compact or Bridge camera with at least a 20x optical zoom lens, which will give roughly 400mm (35mm equivalent). If your not sure please ask Jack for advice. We also have cameras that you can hire on your course day, starting at £29.00 (no deposit required), so you can try before you buy. We also have a selection of Nikon N series & Canon L series lenses that you can hire on your course day, starting at £35.00 (no deposit required).
‘One fact about the deer and its sense of scent versus taste is how the deer keeps its sense of smell so acute. A deer licks its nose at least several times a minute to keep it moist. A moist nose allows scents to “stick” to the nose, making the scents much more detectable. The deer uses the tongue that has poor taste receptors to keep the scent receptors powerful. Who knew Bambi was so complicated? Some scientists suggest that a Deer’s sense of smell is 1000x more sensitive that a humans!’ Please use this link for more interesting facts about Red Deer
You can also view Jacks Red Deer images on Exmoor Photography sister site - click on images above and opposite.Sorry, but we do not take other professional photographers on this course.