As I am now in the winter period of my life I found that I still have some boxes to tick on the shooting front ,that is boar ,goat and C.W.D. so my good friend Gaz arranged a weekend with Solway Stalker to put things right.
We travelled up on Friday and returned Sunday, the weather was perfect if anything it was to good, we were in a party of four so two on the boar and two on the roe on the first night, unfortunately we all drew a blank, and still we had three more outings to come.
The three lads were up early on Saturday out on the roe but still they were unable to put one in the larder, I had a lie in ready to go on the goats (game on)
We travelled a good distance to get to the venue which was truly a fantastic place after a lot of spying by us all we finally spotted a couple way up the scraggy rock face!! After a bit of a discussion it was decide we would have a go for them, so off we go when Colin said he could hear some goats bleating nearby but at that time we could see nothing but he was unperturbed and still kept spying until bingo he and Gaz spotted five that looked a better option so off we go again.
I must say when you look at a rock face from across the valley it doesn't look that steep but when I was on the bottom looking up I had my doubts of getting up there ?? but Colin was certain it was ok so we started to climb and climb and climb and efin climb, by this time I must say my skin was leaking a bit.
We finally got as near as was possible but we were still two hundred yards away with no chance of getting any closer because of the terrain Colin asked me if I was certain at shooting at that distance which was ok with me, so the wait was on for one to present himself as they seemed quite content to stay lying down sunbathing finally one got up and presented a broadside shot off goes the 30.06 and there is one goat in the bag (happy days) the others soon started to move around and come our way , as we lay there waiting another poked his head over the crag just looking at me so off went the 30.06 again and there was another in the bag, talk about exited I nearly creamed my pants.
Sorry if this is a bit long winded but I had a truly fantastic day that I will never forget and I would like to say a very big thank you to Colin Solway stalker (what a great bloke) and my mate Gaz for arranging the trip (he just loves arranging things)
So that is another box ticked only C.W.D. and boar to go and I will definitely be returning to Solway Stalker to sort out the boar thank you lads once again.