I though I'd let you all know that after months of anticipation, I finally went out for my first proper stalk with Leec6.5 (Iíve had a go ďhuntingĒ Axis and White Tail in Texas before, but thatís obviously a lot different to the way we do things here). In what started off as a very early Sunday morning (practically Saturday so I could drive across to Norfolk), we were out for several hours in which we only managed to see lots of does. After a break for some much needed coffee we finally came across a roe buck, carefully stalked into position and brought it down with a heart/lung shot. Lee then allowed me to handle the knife and talked me through my first gralloch (with a bit of help).
Iím having a few issues with photo bucket but Iíll get a picture up as soon as possible. Although in the scheme of things heís just a cull buck, heís certainly a gold medal to me! Iím still on a high at the moment from the unbelievable amount of adrenaline pumping through my body! The final part of the stalk, in which we had to get into position in the middle of a field, my heart going at a rate of knots, but in retrospect its amazing how focused it makes you. With this and the sheer beauty of the fauna and flora at that time of the morning, I can see why stalking has such a following.
Now itís back to the books as Iíve got my DSC level 1 course at next week. The actual experience of stalking helped translate what I have been learning into practice. I also brought the carcase home and Iíve been busy getting myself familiar with what is what, plus having a go at preparing it for the table. So all in all, Iíve been learnt one hell of a lot in a short space of time Iím a very happy chappy indeed. Iím very much looking forward to my next time out and learning some more (hopefully I'll have my own rifle by then).
Just like to say a big thanks to Lee, not only for taking me out and getting me on my first roe, but since first making contact with him on this site, he has gone out of his way to help me with my FAC application (interview tonight!), getting all the kit I need to get out stalking and answering the countless questions a novice like myself has. A truly genuine and honest gentleman and a credit to the stalking community.
All the best,