Right, this may have been covered elsewhere by other newbie/wannabe stalkers so bear with me if it has been but..................
I'm interested to find out what people think newbies to the sport of stalking should have as bare basic equipment when starting off. Just so you know where I am at I'll tell you.
I am in the process of applying for my FAC, just have to pop round one more referee to get photo's et al signed off. My FLO is looking to arrange meeting for back end of next week/week after. I'm going for co-terminus (SGC/FAC) licence so I know I will have minimum of 6 weeks to wait (at least).
A friend, Monkeyspanker, has kindly agreed to be my mentor (he's DSC1/2, DMQ and I believe an accredited witness ) to make gaining my FAC easier as I'm going for both .22 (vermin) and .243 (Fox and Deer). As I discussed with him, I'd like to eventually do DSC1/2, but financial reasons don't allow me to do so at the moment, plus there is nothing like actually being outside doing something to give you the true experience.
I have trawled the BDS and DMQ websites for info and today brought Graham Downings (Fellow Suffolkian) Deer Stalking book on Amazon which should be delivered tomorrow. I have all the clothing gear except boots as I need a new set (Well its a good excuse, just don't tell the wife 8) ).
I'll worry about the gun itself once the FAC comes through and I've consulted MS when I've found one I like.
I have watched and indeed skinned deer myself (muntjac & Roe) with another friend of mine. Never actually shot (or at) one or gralloched one in the field though.
So rather than me pester MS for all the info, I'd like to hear what you other guys/Gals are recommending from your experiences. After all we all started out not owning or knowing anything before we began shooting.