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    considering myself a very lucky boy

    A note of caution to all the single handed pros out there. On friday while stalking with a client I sufferd an accident which could have ended my carer as a stalker. Having just sucessfully shot a 17st switch that had been on the wanted list for a couple of weeks we approached to find it as dead as dead, performed the gralloch, and was getting ready for the 1/2 mile drag when the stag rolled a couple of feet down the hill and got me in the eye with its antler, after several visits to doctors and the hosplital there seems to be no lasting damage, althoughtI have had to move next weeks clients to later in the week in the hope that I will be able to see by then. The scary thing is that if I had been on my own I would have been in trouble, my client helped me off the hill (he luckiliy enough was a doctor)

    So a word of caution never ever take your own saftey for granted, always have a backup plan. I have been stalking my ground for 20 years but I'm sure I wouldn't have made it down on my own. My wife would have called the moutain rescue at 6pm and hopefully they would have found me, I always carry a strobe but there are no guarantees.

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    Very lucky by the sounds of things hope you recover swiftly, i always wonder what would happen when im out as no one ever knows where i am should the worst happen just hope i could still use a mobile !

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    Glad you are ok Andy.

    It can happen very easily, a lad I used to work with got a brow tine in the back once whilst extracting a stag with a quad.. Not good.

    I always leave times, maps, phone numbers etc with my missus before setting off especially vital where I have been stalking of late as it is very remote!

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    I also heard of someone local to us loosing an eye a few years ago when he approached what he thought was a dead roe. As he bent down to pull it to a better spot, it kicked out with its back leg and got him right in his eye.

    Glad your ok...

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    I hope you have a speedy recovery mate. It is always the unexpected that gets us. Never underestimate the risk, even if you know the area well.

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    You are the second i know to get a tine in the eye this last week while dragging.
    Good job as you say that you both were not alone. Apparently the boy needed an opperation to get sorted.

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    Carry an ICE (in case of emergency) number on your phone.
    It can be your Mrs, your mate, your dodtor etc....
    "He who kills sow with piglets empties the forest of boar" My neighbours dad on new years eve 2011.

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    Thanks for telling the story and glad you will be ok .A real warning to all that stalk .I know i have had a few scares over the years.

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    quick update the swelling is now down enough for me to open my eye (with my fingers) but the good news is can see (bit blurry) but I can see!!!!! has to be the most uncomfortable 3 days I have had in a long time. thanks for all the well wishes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by basil View Post
    Carry an ICE (in case of emergency) number on your phone.
    It can be your Mrs, your mate, your dodtor etc....
    that is assuming you have signal......

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