Well guys, passed my DSC level 1 recently and through this site got in contact with CentralbeltStalker (Frank). I had been stalking before in an introductory course but never managed to stalk a deer before.
Frank kindly invited me to his stalking land near Aberdeen and what an experience it was.
Early start at 1am Saturday morning (usually just getting in from the pub ). Drove up to Aberdeen and got all our gear set up.
Initially went into the high seat and sat for a couple of hours. Nothing much happening on his land but we did see some red hinds, a great looking red stag and a roe deer on the adjacent land.
True to form, Frank says lets get down from the high seat and go back to the car for a coffee, on the way back to the car, what did we see, a great looking Roe doe nonchalently walking at the edge of the woodlands. Great to see.
Anyway, got back to the vehicle and decided to do some walking.
We started off on our walk and Frank spots a young Roe buck a fair distance away, he then said lets stalk the deer. The deer was about 260 metres away and Frank took charge of the stalk, telling me just to concentrate on the shot and he would worry about the deer.....easier said the done, I am sure my breathing rate started to increase about 100%!!
Anyway after listening and watching Frank like a hawk telling me to stop and go movements we managed to get into about 130 metres into it. Frank got me ready for the shot in prone position, heart and breathing now starting to get even faster. Suddenly the Roe buck decided to start running towards us (he looked absolutely massive to me in the scope the closer and closer he came). The young buck came to about 40 metres away and realized something wasnt quite right so stopped. He looked at me direct into the scope but I wasnt confident in taking the shot, I wanted to see the whole body fully broadside. We thought he was about to run, when suddenly he turns fully broadside, stretched his neck a little futher then bang, I took the shot. The shot ended smack bang in the engine room area ( later inspection proved it to be a lung shot), he ran for about 20 metres and then fell down dead.
Frank tells me it was a good cull buck as its called a murder buck. All in all extremely happy with the day and my first buck.
Big thank you to Frank for all the guidance and help in helping me get my first buck (thanks for the Gralloch help as well ).
Excellent day which I will never forget, thanks buddy.