I feel I must write just a little public thanks to a special friend .
im blessed that my very good friends are all deer stalkers and all very generous people who trust the people they are friends with .
Some of you may know Ray Jenkins as he shot his first deer in 1967 the yr of my birth ! So I think it would qualify him as an experienced stalker he was also on the very first dsc1 course and has had innumerable wildlife and habitat projects working and stalking all over the country and indeed abroad .
i met ray when he was a guest on the shoot where I keeper and as he noticed some of the heads on my shootroom wall so the friendship began .i was invited to his special lease in the south this I'll keep to myself as I don't want the estate office littered with applications due to my public announcement lol.its a Crackin estate and I've always made the effort to go even at very short notice I've shot roe fallow and muntjac there and been treated very well by all the other guests and the other lease holder Dr Walter Keuffel from Hanover another exceptional man .Well this weekend an invite to stalk the estate for the very last time came and as sad as it would be I wouldn't miss it for the world .all I'll say as to the reason for the last stalk is rays generosity has been abused and he has given up the lease after 17 seasons and many happy outings . Many stalkers have shot their first deer there indeed a guest shot his first fallow this weekend and I've learnt many things not just about stalking but about people and the rat race that is stalking . I've had a mixed weekend of feelings and to see an old man who is still a massive hulk of a guy in frame look fragile and emotional was sometimes hard to see but we tidied the camp and skipped the rubbish cleaned the larder talked deer and woods and about how lucky we are to have been a part of the estate .we stalked for three outings and I took some nice roe but my overriding memory of ray and the seniors as we call them will be of the men not the place which is important .thanks to all the guys I've met down there but especially ray and walter proper stalkers and genuine men .