My first year of stalking is just ending and has been a bit of a rollercoaster, I think I chose the right rifle in a mannlicher, a good calibre in 25-06 and eventually a good scope S&B 8x56 Ill. (after 3 tries - any one want to buy a scope?).
In October I decided to take my DSC1 which I duly passed and would recommend this to any novice stalker.
I have been out with professional stalkers during the year and shot roe, missed sika and munties but really wanted a ground where I could learn and make my mistakes in private.
In April I managed to get into a small two man syndicate in Dumfries & Galloway which seemed to be full of does on previous visits but on Monday afternoon it all came to fruition when I shot my first six point roe.
I was on the land alone and generally wandering from clearing to clearing when I saw a roe, I could not make out the sex as it was browsing in the larches and partially obscured about 100 yards away.
So began my first lone stalk - generally I am like a bull in a china shop and I cannot believe that the roe could not hear my heart thumping or heavy breathing. I slowly stalked down the edge of the plantation until about 70 yards the head came up - a buck - but no clear shot through the trees. More slow advancing with him walking slowly away from me, the urge to run was immense.
I saw that he was starting to browse again and I brought my rifle up onto my sticks and waited, he raised his head and I could clearly see his head and kneck down to the top of his chest, an 'engine room' shot was out so I moved to the top of the kneck and pulled the trigger. A clean kill, straight down and he didn't move.
Reloaded and walked over to the spot where he fell and sure enough stone dead - my first six point roe, my first lone stalk and my first deer on the new ground - all in the first year.