For the second time in as many years I have been "stalked" while out by Strathclydes very own Police force in their fancy budgie.
Last time i was controlling rabbits on the local golf course at night, this time it was in the morning while reccying a piece of land before an evening stalk.
I had been given permission to shoot this land by the owner, a farmer in Cowal. Their is another stalker with permission but I was assured it would not be an issue as it is over 600 acres of hill and we would not be stalking it together as everyone had to go through the owner to avoid any confusion.
Excellent or so I thought. Top of the hill and from nowhere it is blackhawk down.
Then plod from Dunoon gets mobilised as they cannot find me (open hill ,muppets). So I am at top of hill looking down to see PLOD arrive and go over my car with fine tooth comb.
Brilliant. (I even made the local paper)
I did not even have a rifle with me so all was well and PLOD were fine once the facts had been established.
Any to add insult to injury it was the other stalker who phoned the police on me. So Mr Wilkinson if you are a member of the site I would love to have a word at some point in the very near future.
This is a cautionary tale because it could happen to you out stalking, make sure you have written permission for where you are meant to be or it might get tasty.