I was very interested in the old pictures posted by Stag1933 and I thank him for them. What did catch my eye though was the comment about respecting the quarry. You all will probably have seen the "Hunters Video" series filmed by scandinavians and marvalled at the hugh Swedish Roebucks or Hungarian Stags and cringed as Eric Petersen makes another cock-up. They do demonstrate however the public respect for the shot animal in their custom of "the last meal" and the saluting the rows of deer at the end of the day. I have been told these customs originated in Bavaria and have spread all over Europe to Scandinavia. We in Britain are immune or have we always been? My Grand father followed his father who had followed his father into the post of Stalking Ghillie on an estate in Banffshire. This went right back to the days when stalkers used muskets. Indeed my great grandfather kept the last proper working pack of Deerhounds to exist as such. I have an old photo taken in 1890 of him in front of the Blackwater shooting lodge with 7 couple of Scottish Deerhounds.These dogs were taken to the hill in pairs and loosed at any deer wounded by the guests. This would often happen as firearms were poor in performance in these days. The respect these old lads showed for the deer would in my opinion put a lot of us to shame nowadays. When I was about 11 years old my Grandfather took me out to shoot my first deer , a roebuck. I was a bit frightened of him then,so did exactly as he said and when we stood looking down at the fallen deer I quickly bent down to bleed it eager to show him I knew what to do next. He gruffly scolded me for not showing respect first and got me to repeat a line which would be in Gaelic originally. It went"I am sorry I have killed you when we meet again in the next life may your spirit forgive mine." I now get all my guests to do the same with everthing they shoot especially if it is their first. I am very pleased to say I have never had anyone scoff and they all agree that it is a worthy custom to perpetuate. David.