After a couple of unsuccessful, though very enjoyable and informative, stalks tonight came good. I've been out with a local stalker who's kindly been letting me accompany him. We stalked into a field where there was a fabulous 6 point buck with a doe. Stoop-walked towards the rise in the field and crawled in to see into the dip, then this young lad popped up. It was decided to take this one and let the big chap pass on his genes for the rest of the season. Shot kneeling off sticks at about 80 yards after a crawl through the grass.
The thing I'm happiest about is that I didn't get flustered at the shot, I'd always worried about whether I would when faced with a live quarry, but I put the bullet spot on target and I can't tell you how relieved I am about that. It wasn't until after I'd reloaded and watched him go down after a short run that the realisation that I'd actually shot my first deer hit.
Gralloched it under instruction, another thing I'd wanted to be able to do. So, I'm now a deer stalker, albeit very much still a novice. Here's to many more I hope.