I joined this forum a couple of years ago while I was waiting for my firearms certificate and dreaming of deer stalking. I was granted my certificate for .204 but refused a .243 due to my lack of experience. That kinda knocked the stuffing out of my deer stalking ambitions for a while and I lost touch with this place as I concentrated on fox and rabbit control with my .204 and pigeons, corvids, etc with a shotgun.
Down, but not out, I swotted up for a couple of months, passed my DSC-1 and re-applied for a suitable roe deer calibre. Don't ask me why I chose .22-250 but it was a decision I was soon to regret and swapped it for a .223 soon afterwards. I've now changed my mind again and applied for a variation to a .243, which is what I wanted in the first place. I called my FEO the other day and was told it'll be approved this time.
I try to get out shooting a few times each week. Mostly on my own but usually at least once a week with a friend. I wish I could go stalking once a week but there aren't many deer on my permission so we only take one every couple of months. And I'd hardly call it stalking. It's more of a "sit and wait" kind of thing. Either from the 4x4 or after a short walk to reach a good sit and wait position.
I love the excitement of lamping for Charlie and I enjoy a peaceful wander with my .22 along the shore from where the rabbits come to invade the crops. I'm probably the worst shot in the world with a shotgun but I still can't think of many better ways to spend the day than to fill the air with lead. I just like any excuse to go shooting.
I've visited here many times over the past year or so but I could never remember my login details until I had a eureka moment about half an hour ago, managed to login and decided to say hello again.