Just a few thoughts on the Deer Culling course with Jelen which I attended back in Feb. Been a bit preoccupied with this and that so I couldnt get round to posting at the time. A pest controller by day I was keen to experience the other side of deer management, and as I expected it is a job which is taken seriously and carried out professionally. Dont get me wrong it was great fun aswell and very challenging despite what the critics say! You still have to locate the deer, you still have to stalk into them, and you are still faced with a challenging shot (headshots only remember). What you quickly realise is that hitting a target which has no idea you are there is a damn sight easier than hitting one which has been watching you for ages! Shots have to be taken from different stances not off a bipod on the bonnet! You are escorted by a guide, mine was 04Malc who was very patient and used his experience with park deer to get me into shooting positions time and time again, and the overall pattern of the day is that if you want to shoot then you shoot, if you want to practise your gralloching you can and if you want to work in the larder you can.Its all about what you want to get out of the day which makes it even better value for money!
Well done to Mike and his team for providing an opportunity for the recreational stalker to experience the professional aspect of the sport and at the same time develop skills which we can use to be more professional when we go out at the weekend!