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    First solo stalk

    I have just returned from 5 days in the Highlands, stalking reds with my brother.

    The trip was particularly memorable as i got to see my brother shot his first red stag (he is the last of my three brothers to have achieved this; just need to get my father out as well to complete the male line!)

    The second favourite part was getting to shoot "a long range stag"Prior to this week, the longest shot that I had attempted was 200 yards. Having practised considerably hard this year over various ranges and I did a drop test out to 300 meters, I was sufficiently confident of taking the shot if the opportunity arose. Well the chance did come on the first day when I shot my first stag at 220 meters. After an hour of watching him run around chasing off other younger smaller stags, he took a breather, presented himself broadside and I took the shot. The thud, jump and 10m walk confirmed that the shot was fatal; he was dead before he hit the ground.

    However, on the penultimate day, another longer, long range opportunity presented itself. The stag was standing on the crest of a hill overlooking his hinds, who stood suspiciously watching as though they were expecting something to happen. My stalker ranged him at 270/280 yards and considered the distance abit too long. I told him I knew the drop, was in a comfortable position and could do it. I put the crosshairs a few inches over his back and took the shot. The beast wobbled for a moment before collapsing. Another clean kill.

    Finally on Saturday I was given the opportunity to do a solo stalk, that is spot, stalk, shoot and gralloch the stag by my lonesome. My brother and stalker fell behind me as I took the lead. 15 minutes later into the stalk I heard the roar that I was looking for. I made my brother and stalker kneel down as I crept up the hill for a better look. After a brief scan, I spotted the beast and ranged him at 300m. He was a shootable switch and I informed the stalker that i would try. Like the previous stag; he had lots of hinds beneath him who acted like guard dogs. I crawled to within 185 yards where I took position. He was not far off broadside and i put the crosshairs just half way up his ches. I check the range again (Zeiss Diarange, cheating I know!) and settled back for the shot. Another clean kill.

    A big thank you to Graham for the education and the trust, Truly, my best stalking experience....................and I hate this next word..................ever!

    Pictures to follow
    Last edited by Conor1; 19-10-2011 at 11:21.

  2. #2
    Well done, practise and confidence in the rifle and knowing exactly where your bullet will go.

    Sounds like you had a good time, look forward to the photo's


  3. #3
    Practice is always the key to confidence.
    well done to you all.

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    Well done Conor! Sounds good and as siad, look forward to seeing some photos - also to seeing you in the UK again soon

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    A couple of pictures. The stag in the second picture is with the taxidermist and I am looking forward to seeing him hanging on my wall....!
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    I'll be heading up there on Saturday for 5 days.... I will be very happy if my trip is as successful as yours
    "It's halfway down the hill, directly below that tree next to a rock that looks like a bell-end"

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    Thank you for the kind words.

    And Si, I hope you have as much luck stalking as we did. The Highlands is truly a magical place to be. I cannot wait to go back in December. All the best.

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    Congratulations on some great looking stags.

  9. #9
    Congratulations Conor, sounds like you had a fantastic trip!

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  10. #10
    Congratulations Conor and a great write up. Thanks for sharing.

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