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    Finally bagged my 1st solo deer

    Well a few months after passing my DSC1, THAT miss on fieldsports TV and 15 stalks and highseat outings I finally shot my 1st solo deer today!!

    It seems that I may just be learning the more I go out as I decided to re-visit the spot I wrote about the other day where I spotted the Roe deer. There is a particular crossing point that seems very busy and today was no exception, although I did think I'd missed the chance yet again at one point.

    I slowly stalked around some lakes on the permission into a position where the wind was in my face which was perfect to approach the spot again. As I got about 200 yards away from the crossing I spotted a munty doe on the ride to the left around 20 yards past it bobbing in and out of the vegetation along the edge. She was slowly heading my way so I got up onto the sticks and thought I'd wait for her to get into range as I still had 30 - 40 mins of decent light left. She disappeared into the undergrowth, then I saw what I assumed was the same doe walk across the crossing point I was headed for, followed by a buck, then a few seconds later a youngster!!

    This is where my inexperience showed as I thought the way they were yomping across meant they were on a mission to get to a certain feeding area on the adjacent land and one of them was the doe I was watching. I decided to head for my now favourite spot which has the crossing 80 yards from a big bush that breaks up my outline nicely. I got the sticks up and lowered my roe sack to the floor and it was at this point that I realised that the 1st doe I had watched had not actually been one of the 3 that had crossed just before. She was actually 40 yards to my left with a buck and the last I saw of these 2 were their tails aloft bounding through the cover away from me!!! Mental note for the future, once you get into position have a good look around before assuming it's clear and playing with your sack!!

    After cursing myself and thinking that was game over I settled in and switched back on just in case. I decided to give the buttolo a go after being shown a technique by Uncle Norm to try to imitate a fawn calling for it's mother. It may be coincidence, but I am going to claim a perfect piece of calling, as 10mins after the 2nd series of calls a Munty doe appeared out of the brambles about 70yds to the front right of me along the ride unaware of my presence (for the time being!!)

    As I had my Limulus (TM) quad sticks aiming down the center of the ride, I had to pick them up and move them around by just a smidge to get into position on the doe. (The only real issue with them as they are steady as a rock!) As I set them down one of the legs rested on one of those hollow weed stem things. I had her in my sights waiting for her to turn broadside for the ideal shot as she was front on but quartering slightly, and as I rested on the sticks further the hollow stem gave way and let off the slightest of cracks! Just enough for her to look up and stare straight at me!! I knew at this point I wasn't going to get the ideal shot so took aim front center of her chest with the thought that the bullet would still hit the vitals, and had a chance of not going straight on and breaking the guts. She dropped on the spot to the shot but I re-loaded just in case. I gave it a few minutes as I could hear something else in the same area and thought they might be like busses, but with the light starting to fade I thought it best not to attempt my 1st gralloch in the dark!

    It turned out to be a good choice because when it came to opening her up the bullet had gone in where I aimed, made a mess of the vitals on the way through, expanded on hitting the rib cage behind the front leg but not produced an exit hole. All this shock had (as I have read it can do) seemed to have popped the diaphragm and sucked the rumen into the cavity and burst it open!! Lets just say it's a good job it wasn't going to a dealer and was for my own consumption. I did start to take a couple of pics and thought about doing a step by step of my 1st gralloch but with the failing light and the smell I knew it wasn't a good idea!! In the end I did a partial skinning/field butchering job too and cut through the spine just below the backstraps to keep the rear end and discarded the rest.

    So there you have it, sorry I went on a bit, but I wanted to share the whole experience with you guys as without a lot of help on here I wouldn't have managed it,



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    Brilliant. It always pays off to persevere and not give up. Fantastic result. Well done!

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    Ah, the resident story teller with another gripping instalment - many congratulations on your first - always special.
    Nooooooooooooobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!! Our main weapon is.........

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    verywell done ! hope its the first of many .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric the Red View Post
    Ah, the resident story teller with another gripping instalment - many congratulations on your first - always special.
    I too enjoy Stratts' write-ups. Their commendable honesty bring back memories and I hope will give encouragement to other new stalkers.
    Perhaps we should persuade him to submit an article to 'Sporting Rifle' ?
    Honest accounts from a genuine new stalker could assist in bringing them back down to earth ? Or is that a little over optimistic ?
    Iwould of course claim to have made his acquaintance before he was famous .
    Keep them coming Stratts and congratulations.

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    A big Waidmannsheil for a stalk you wont forget!
    The first solo one is always a special one, as the solo gralloching was going to be...

    I still remember me doing so, or better staying in the forest, dead deer in front of me, getting all the needeful or useless tools ready and picking out a small handmade brochure how to gralloch...
    Now, 23 years later, its the important part of the job to get some excellent venison ready for me, you or the game dealer!

    I enjoyed your write up, please keep us informed about your further development.
    Atb for the next stalks and a very interesting 2014,

    People's hobbies are more their measure's than are their jobs.

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    Good show Stratts. Whats the set up your using??


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    Well done, I enjoy reading your write ups.
    Do you have a link to the field sports episode? I'd like to watch it ?

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