Just thought I'd share my experience of last weekend with anyone interested.
Recently became interested in deer stalking and have been out a few times on guided stalks, although I'm yet to shoot my first (stalked) deer. Been out in Scotland and Berkshire for roe and realised that the majority of shots I would be taking would be off sticks. This is totally new to me although I am a marine and am used to firearms, shooting, various positions etc. Was lucky enough to go out with Sikamalc, Wadashot and pheasant sniper in Feb (belated thanks to you all!) observing how they stalked and watched as Wadashot took a sika. Also went out in Berkshire with KevinF from the site who got me very close to a roe doe and I missed what most would consider an absolute gift of a shot. Again many thanks to Kevin who was very patient and never once took the p**s out of me for missing such an easy shot!
I realised I had to do something about this and get some practise/advice ref shooting from sticks if I was to progress any further. Also doing my DSC 1 shortly and obviously don't want to make an a**e of the range test! During my time searching for guided stalks on the web I stumbled across IanF who works from Devon (who I've also seen posting on this site) who put a package together for me to give me an awareness of positional training with regard to using sticks, theory , sound advice and some top tips. Found my shooting improved hugely and I'm now more confident about using sticks as an aid. Later in the afternoon we went stalking and, although conditions were terrible, Ian managed to stalk us up to a group of 3 roe does that unfortunately didn't hang around. We then reached the high seat where Ian spotted a fallow. Unfortunately I never saw it til it legged it although it quite conveniently hung around for a good while while I searched(and failed to find!) for it. Clearly I need to re read my "why things are seen" lectures (somewhere back in basic training quite a few years ago).
Not an advert but credit where its due, had a great day and learnt a whole heap (as I did when I was out with Sikamalc and KevinF). Can wholeheartedly recommend Ian to anyone in the same predicament as myself.
Still got to shoot my first stalked deer though....!
All the best