I would like to share my first deer stalking experience withyou. I am originally from Belarus and have done quite a bit of wild boarshooting in the past. However I always wanted to go deer stalking in the UK andI was told by my mate that there is a website that I could use in order to findshoots near where I live. I think it is called guns-on-pegs.co.uk, not 100%sure though. So I went on it and saw an advert from the company 'sweethill landmanagement' for roe buck stalking. It was not too pricey so I decided to giveit a go. Gave them a phone call , they were very polite and professional and wehave sorted out all the arrangements without any problems.
Even though I am an experienced wild boar shooter I do nothave a rifle or a car in the UK but thatwas not a problem as the company provided a rifle and transport from thestation to the shooting location (North Yorkshire). It was quite a hot day andbecause of that it was a challenge in every way. When the sun started setting,the overall light was still very good and we saw 6 deer on one of the fieldsabout 1000 meters away from us. We had to get closer to them pretty quickly asit was getting dark so we started moving towards them. We have used wind to ouradvantage, while locating the best buck. There was still plenty of light and wehad good stability for the shot. Unfortunately we could not get closer thanabout 250 yards to them but that was not the main issue. The main issue was thefact that I was absolutely sh*tting myself due to lack of experience in deerstalking, even though i have shot plenty of wild boar in the past! I havemissed the first shot which went well over and deer did not even move. Ithappened because I could not get my breathing right and my hands were shakingtoo much. Then I was told that I would not be able to take the second shot if Ididnt get my breath right so I had to calm down (probably a good idea). Thesecond shot I fired went through the liver and lungs which isn’t too bad for250 yards distance,I suppose. Overall, I had an amazing experience in safe andcapable hands and hopefully will be going back again before the end of theseason.
I would like to use this opportunity to say thanks to ‘SweethillLand Management’ for good organisation of the day as everything from their sidewas done to a very highstandard.