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    First Buck(s) with Solway Stalker

    Drove up to Dumfries on Sunday afternoon, checked in at the Mabie House Hotel, very nice and reasonable! Colin picked me up for an evening stalk, and although we covered a fair bit of ground and saw Roe, the oppertunity to bag one never presented itself. Monday morining was an outing on Goat, so a lie in (8.30 start), and a trip up towards Castle Douglas. The scenery up there is something to behold. We drove the forestry tracks glassing the hill, to get a clue, as where to start from. They took some finding, and when we did see them, they were not far from the top of the hill! We parked up, got our gear (Colin's was a thumb stick, my gear was a little heavier!) and started our ascent. Some say that Goat stalking is easy, well I'm affraid nobody had told this lot! A group of about 20 kept moving away from us, and eventually disappeared over the top. We kept on upwards, and saw the same group reappear 700 or 800 yrds away, we continued towards them (still uphill) untill we were about 400yrds from them. They seemed settled, but there wasn't any cover to use to get closer. I wasn't confident enough to take the shot at that range, so a cunning plan was hatched for me to stalk in alone. I set off uphill with the intention of rounding on the group from above, 15 mins later, about 300yds from the top, I spotted a small group of 10 or so, crossing above me. I managed to crawl in to about 140yds using a rock outcrop, and picked out an old nanny in the group, waited for her to stand alone, and felled her witha 100g soft point! Made up, to say the least!

    That evening we were off in search of a Buck, but the gods weren't on our side, Roe were seen but between one thing and another, a shot wasn't on, but not for the lack of trying!!
    3.45 am, the alarm went off, Colin picked me up at 4, we saw deer right away and our first stalk found me a nice 6 pointer! He'd seen us, but at about 60 yds he wasn't going to get away, my nerve held out, and he dropped on the spot! Colin was almost as happy as me, he said the pressure was off and we would probably be tripping over Bucks now!! He wasn't far wrong, 20 mins later, he tried to get me on a young Buck about 50 yds away but I couldn't see him, well not 'till he turned and ran!
    We moved on to another area, and Colin suggested I could stalk this clearfell on my own, I wasn't too sure, especially after not seeing that last young Buck at close range. I set off glassing the area as I went. I have to admit I thought it would be a fruitless stalk, but 20 mins later, whilst scanning with the bins, I saw another 6 point Buck, looking straight at me! I must admit I thought I was seeing things, I slowly mounted the rifle, but couldn't find him!! Back to the bins, found him again but still couldn't find him in the scope!!! Third time lucky, got a good mark on him and found him in the crosshairs. The problem now was, that he was standing face on looking at me, he knew I was there, and I was sure if I waited for him to turn, he would be off. I was behind a stone wall using it as a rest, so at about 120 yds I decided to take a neck shot, and he fell on the spot! The grallach was made interesting by the midgies bighting lumps out of me, and a struggle back to the truck with the carcass and my gear, made that I'd earned breakfast !!

    Big thanks to Colin, for a great couple of days! My first Roe Bucks!! I'm already booked in, for a another jolly with him. Top Bloke with great ground, and plenty of deer!
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    Last edited by kevhumps; 15-06-2012 at 07:10. Reason: addition

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    Nice head on the last one Kev, thats a couple more species ticked off your list
    now for the Red Stag
    I watched from a distance when you stalked the last bit alone i could tell you would
    be well pleased if you got one on your own and it paid off, it was a good couple of
    days in the end
    Zeiss Pro Stalker and Agent for Starlght Night Vision

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    Wel done Kev,

    Sounds like you had a fantastic trip!


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    Great write up Kev and thanks for the pictures.

    Ive never seen one of those feral goats but hear they pong a bit?

    Re the time try some Avon Skin so soft....great stuff,smells ok and does not melt plastic!!

    I have a feeling I will be visiting Colin next year.

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    welldone, nice write up an pics, nice buck too

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    Well done Kev. Colin did the business for me on my first buck too (and again since!).

    Breakfast at Mabie House isn't bad either. Especially after a successful morning!



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    Great read Kev. Yes it truly is beautiful up there and Colin is a top bloke who will try his best to find you beasts..
    Got me fancying a goat now ???

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    sounds excellent, me and a shooting buddy are heading up there in september and really looking forward to it

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    Yea the Mabie breakfast is awesome ! The nanny didn't smell at all . I've been busy boiling heads, and just need to get some peroxide now, to finish the job. Didn't know there was that much meat on a head ! Will post a pic when finished. Back up there myself in sept too, can't wait !

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