I have been a member of the site since June but have never introduced myself!
I have been shooting with air rifles and shotguns for many years and have taken up deer stalking in the last 5 years.
My first stalking trip was into Scotland after roe in Fife and further north after red hinds. I had 2 roe does and 2 red hinds over a 4 day's. This first trip, has had me hooked ever since.
Soon after returning I booked my second trip to Scotland after does and hinds again, 3 roe does and 2 red hinds. All of the stalking in Scotland was accompanied using an estate rifle.
My next step was getting my FAC and some stalking land locally to me in Oxfordshire.
The farm I had shot rabbits, corvids and pigeons for many years started to have an ever increasing amount of roe deer present. The land owner I have known since I was five years old. He was an honary member of the local rugby club which I played at since the age of 5. With a bit of arm twisting he has given me permission to solely manage the deer on his land with some guidance from a good friend of mine in Norfolk who has been a full time deer manager for many years.
I got my FAC with entries for a moderated .270 and FAC .22 air rifle.
I went with a Tikka T3 Lite with T8 mod and S&B 8x56 Illuminated Scope. I can get 1/2" groups at my zero range of 100 yards.
I have since met many people, mainly in East Anglia that have been very helpful in helping me gain a lot of experience mainly in roe management as well as fallow and muntjac.
I recently passed by DSC Level 1 and will be looking to start my DSC Level 2 ASAP.
I hope this introduction has given you all an insight what I am all about.
I look forward to seeing some of your replies.