Hello, Ive been meaning to write this since last weekend but, alas, have had no chance until now owing to the grind of work.
Im pretty new to this site and as such only wrote my first introductory post a couple of weeks back. I was pleasantly surprised by how well this site works as I was sent many kind posts welcoming me to this site and one email by a very nice chap inviting me to the Gap 180 Deer cull on the weekend of the 5th of Nov.
Upon my arrival at the Gap 180 HQ I was warmly welcomed and introduced to many nice folk. I was most impressed by the humble yet absolutely lovely hunting lodge which the members and guests have the pleasure of using. Many nice trophies on the walls, including a large number of chairs around a table with quality food were the predominant features to be found in there. After id dropped my kit off in the lodge I walked over to the shooting range where the guests and members were enjoying a chat with one another prior to taking their turns at zeroing their rifles. It was here that I met many nice people and learned plenty.
The Deer culling weekend started at about 2pm on the Friday and finished on the Sunday morning. The weekend is split up into 4 shoots: late afternoon on Friday then early morning and late afternoon on Saturday and then the final early morning shoot on the Sunday. All shooting takes place over an area of approx 15000 acres and is largely all form high seats. The Deer that were shot on this weekend were predominantly Fallow and also some really stunning Muntjac.
Upon our collective return to the Lodge, on the first evening, there were many fantastic beasts to be dealt with and a sound tuition was given to those who were interested or needed to learn more, myself included.
After the work was done we all retired to the lodge to enjoy some good conversation and some really spot on food washed down with a couple of beers.
I cant say any more than that to justify what a relaxing and pleasant visit I had. I was unable to stay for the whole weekend owing to massive PARTY commitments and thus had to slip away on the Saturday afternoon before everyone headed off for the afternoon shoot. But, after the two shoots, and between only 10 ish guns, they had taken well over 20 nice deer before I left.
I believe that Gap 180 hold weekends like this a couple of times, perhaps even more often, every year. Id suggest that if you get a chance to go then you should take it.
Many thanks to all of you for making it such a great visit for me. Thank you.