I've been meaning to do this for a while and seeing the postings indicating that new members MUST intro themselves thought now was a good time. It isn't that I have any secrets, the problem is that I've very little to tell.
I live just north of Belfast in Northern Ireland and am relatively new to the shooting sports. I have fished for many years and always wanted to shoot but have absolutly no connections who do shot and it isn't easy getting in with no one on the inside. However, perhaps 3 years ago I managed to get into a local target shooting club and that opened the door to getting a rifle. My intention always was to progress to a little bit of stalking and so I went for a 308 as, basically, it is common as muck and will do everything I will ever need of it. With my sporting intent in mind I went for a Blaser R93 which isn't an ideal target rifle but which has proven to be ideal for transporting for stalking etc. and I picked up a second hand 8X56 S&B for not much cash to stick on top of it.
My first stalking experience was about a year ago for red hinds and I got a hind on the first trip out. In winter there is no scope for shooting lots of beasts in a day as recovery is nearly impossible, there are no quads or argos as they can't get on the ground. Since that I've been out a few more times for red and (in a different area) roe, all in Scotland, and have managed to get, errrr, not a single thing. I think I put a jinx on it.
However, fortune has smiled upon me and I've managed to get access to some ground with deer on it here in Northern Ireland. The area isn't big and is woodland/woodland edge with sika on it. Despite the relatively small area it is crawling with deer, I suspect they hold in this area during the day and move out to feed at night. It tends to hold only hinds with the stags coming in September and vanishing again about this time of year but there were some nice stags on it this year.
The name, Caorach, by the way is the Scots Gaelic plural form of sheep. I didn't pick it for any special reason other that some time back I was registering on the AR web forum and it was the first name that came to my head (I was fishing a loch by that name) that I thought had a low probability of already being registered. I should highlight that it is almost the only word of Gaelic I have (my girlfriend speaks it as her first language) and that I believe the language to be unlearnable.