Just to say very many thanks to Andy & John (MorayOutfitting) for a great days stalking yesterday.
Due to lack of beasts on the estate I was staying and the weather/windblow on another I recalled the ‘Moray Forestry stags’ post on SD and gave John about 2 days’ notice but he came straight back to me and was able to organise a day accompanied by Andy just up the road from where I was staying on Dallas Moor Forest.
We bumped a roe on the way in but after only about an hour’sstalking managed to crawl in to a herd of 8 reds (hinds and staggies) on the edge of a clear fell where I took a hind in the chest at 120 yards. The shot sounded good and I saw the strike, after a couple of steps she went down, the rest of the herd weren’t stopping unfortunately. We stalked all day and, as well as the roe saw a red stag crossing a ride at 100 yards. The wind was very fickle and from the very fresh crotties I think we were a step behind many more deer.
Although commercial forestry the ground has lots of open areas (both clear fell, deer lawns and open heather areas along the burns) and terrific views. Stalking reds in upland forestry is a nice change for me. Andy is great company and a very knowledgeable guide.
At £150 a day (dawn till dusk) with no limit on numbers and no charge for witnessing they also represent excellent value.
Thanks again John and Andy and all the best for 2012.
My set up was a Sako Forester in .308 with a S&B 6x42scope, PES mod and 150 grain Remington rounds.