thought I might share this with you guys , as I have had this one booked for awhile , and importantly it was this booking that finally got my FAC certified , (under land to shoot over )which I had to prove as a requesit for my FAC.(Dont' go there).
Arrived at 1400 and chilled out for awhile , did a quick recce to familiarize my self with the rides and ground, then chilled out after a 4 hr drive .
Met my stalking host at 1700, spot on time , DES GREEN a most amiable man with a quiete calm manner that put me at ease straight away , chewed the cud for a moment or two , then out in the pickup to check zero, Des put out target at 100, and allowed me get my act together , failure to pass this is no option. I grouped well and made a 1" down adjustment on my sight , bang spot on !!.
Off we went for the PM stalk at about 1730, this allowed us to arrive and sort out my act without pressure , Safety brief ,options all fully explained by Des , we stood for awhile whilst I took in again unfamiliar territory, fallow Does doing a (megane) shaking there ass not 60 yards away, they just like to tease !!!. Off we went at about 1830 Des just let me stalk as if I was on my own, he was of course close but not interfering and I was able to choose my own route .
After a few hundred yards a Roe doe spotted us and off she went barking, lesson one ,(slowdown ) move at the rate that they browse at !.
Took in all the other wildlife around me as we stalked , such a diversity, the evening was sunny and bright , a little bit of a breeze(pre rain type)
Des pointed out the high seat we would finally arrive at. I was indeed honoured !!! It was the highseat that Gordon Ramsey used for his F.word
show when he went on a stalk. more later !!
Stalked along for awhile plenty of roe does but not the bucks, which was my main purpose, startled a Muntjac ! he startled me ! came out directly in front of me at 30 yards !Ifroze , he sussed me I sussed him and he buggered off laughing and barking!!!. me I looked at Des and I felt a plonker !SLOW DOWN!. Scoped a Roe Doe with two kids at heel , 200 yards in a clearing by a ride , kids suckled and played about ,mother watchful, spent 10 minutes just watching them. Even Des said, it was a sight he hadnt seen for along while , the stalk was worth it for that , off to the highseat, very cautious on approach , Des clucked I turned around ,to find a roe doe following us up the track 50 yards behind us! not a bloody care in the world, we must have passed her so close , that she came out for a mosey!!.
Into Ramseys highseat , settled in and, Whispered a few comments apologized for my terrets when I encountered previous munty, apparently I was mild as to Gordon so I left it there !Sat in the same arse space as the greatman, out pops Munty 100 yards and slowly moving away , no safe shot arse towards me. Got settled, felt that I was ok to take a shot at that range ! bit long but I knew my .243 Tikka was spot on , a little squeak an the Buttalo and he turned !. Perfect presentation!!. The rest well in Gordons words had he been here !! Backstop, range , scope ,safety off , bang , gralloch, sorted!! He dropped almost immidiatly
jumped about 3 yards forward. By now it was just becomming dark so we concluded the evening stalk. Back to the pickup stalk concluded at about
2145hrs only regret (munty had shed his antlers) a great stalk I thought , anyway i popped my cherry as this was my first muntjac . Will post the AM stalk coz I am in waffle mode , anyway I enjoyed it .