I have started another youngster on the road to stalking .
He took his first Doe today.
Some time ago this young fellow shyly asked If I would take him out and teach him a little about stalking
This has been ongoing for the last two doe seasons whenever he and I have had time he has had exams and family seem to have got in the way quite often .
He has often said he enjoys just being out and watching even though I have offered to take him to the range ne has refused saying he wants to learn more.
He has shown great interest asking how to tell different ages and sex etc,
Today early morning stalk I shot a doe lung shot she ran 30 yds and stood looking sick and a second shot to the heart finished the job ( for some reason there was a clean hole through the lungs the bullet hand not expanded) he watched with interest through the whole episode again asking questions about it I explained as best I could about not rushing and panicing to take a second shot but to stay still and keep cool .
I decided it was time for him to experience taking a shot so having just taken delivery of my second Hardy 1V moderator I took him to the range for a zeroing session with new mod and other rifle.
Satisfied with zero I asked him to take a shot or two as my eye was tired (lie)
He had three shot prone 3 off sticks all good
next step was to call at one of the good areas on the way home
'You cannot leave rifle in the car so you carry that one and I'll take this one you may as well put the magazine in just in case' says I
After a long stalk we got into a group of five roe milling around it was not easy as we had to wait quite a while for the chosen one to stand broadside clear of the others.
He steaded himself and took the shot removing the top the heart at 90yds the doe dropped on the spot.
I was a moment of satisfaction to us both.
After when asked about first shot fever he said not a problem or I would not have done it you have told me often of people who panic .oh how I wish those new to stalking would show the patience and maturety of this young fellow.
A new young stalker is born