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BRACES of Bristol - Dark Fox Package, Mauser M12, LIEMKE Thermal Scope, Wildcat Mod
After my stalking mate made a new wooden high seat during the last lockdown it’s been sitting in the barn gathering dust . So finally in anticipation of the fallow rut , we find a suitable position looking down a long grass ride . Up it goes cross braces on reddy to use . Around a week later at 5am off we go to our stalking ground in Warwickshire. We pull up to the gate check the wind , it’s just right for the new seat ! Very generously (after he made it ) my mate says do you want the new...
Im not very used to this particular Thermal scope,i keep forgetting to press the record button! Anyways set up in my usual position approximately 70 Yds..i know I’m old school..can’t get on with this metres malarkey! We earlier had McDonald’s BigMac meals so i grabbed/salvaged some of the leftovers,positioned them in my ambush point and waited ..40 mins later in from the right came the heat signal and clear picture of a large Charlie ambling over to investigate the lovely smell of BigMac &...
How’do. Warning in advance….. this will be another long one….. 😂😂 Well, after three blank days on the Red Stags last year - albeit very enjoyable days - and a fourth day that I’d been unable to make due to changing work commitments it was with a sense of trepidation that I’d arranged a day out on the hill for yesterday (Friday 10th). Whilst I don’t say this for anyone to give me sympathy, the role of HGV Driver doesn’t really allow a man with a family and car finance and all that other...
Out again this morning and another quality wild fallow buck taken by my very good 'Northerner' mate. We sat in the truck until first light and could hear bucks grunting all around us. Slowly we stalked the track and were immediately surrounded by does some as close as 20 yards. We knew we were in the right sot. Suddenly I saw him move on my right and knew he was a good buck..I nudged my friend and he deployed his viper flex and shouldered the rifle. As he cleared some foliage I gently called...
I’m not often lost for words, but nearly 24 hours later I’m still struggling to sum up what this moment meant to me. We watched this wild red stag for over 4 hours from a damp hillside 500m away, waiting, hoping, praying for the perfect opportunity to make the approach. Every move he made, every flicker, twitch and inclination he had was painstakingly analysed and agonised over. What was he going to do, what was I going to do and would I make the opportunity count should one even present...
A nice crisp morning guiding a good mate onto a medal buck. Always exciting times with numerous bucks calling all around us. So glad I collected the quad this week from a fellow SD member
Just over 3 weeks finished in the highlands with 11 clients. Everyone filled out with 19 stags and 4 hinds taken. A few misses too, but the we all.miss at times. My grateful thanks to all the UK Outfitters team. Jason, Wayne, Dave and my other half Sandra who kept everyone fed and watered and hardly left the lodge kitchen. Next year already over half full. My grateful thanks to everyone. On to CWD, Muntjac followed by Fallow and Roe.
Headed out this morning for a look at the stags with SCC.Got into a cracking group of stags and hinds the stags all roaring and trying there best to hold and split away hinds into groups.First group were 500m and after a lengthy stalk we managed to get within 250 where I took myself a nice ten pointer.Left them to head away and recovered him awesome stuff and a great start to our weekend.Next up was SCC's turn we headed on up further up the hill and found another largeish group all doing the...
The 500-mile drive was finally behind me as I turned onto the long stretch of corrugated red sand that made up the rural road between Thabazimbi and Rooiberg. Having recently moved back to South Africa from Warwickshire this was to be my first trip back to the farm in many years. My old Toyota Hilux consumed the bumpy road with ease, my Ruger Hawkeye .308 safe on the back seat in its foam bag. As I turned towards the farm gate I reflected on my task at hand; I needed to attain ‘Dedicated...
Just back from a cracking week up the West Coast . You can simply just not beat the West Coast of Scotland in my eyes. There was a good group of us is this . All will different experience. Stags were roaring. No as much as usual. Must have been tailing off. A lot of stags away on there own. 11 stags for the week and a goat. I took 3 stags this week 2 younger lads which were in bad nick and small frames. And an older fellow with a poor head. I used my Sako 75 300 Win Mag. Shooting sako...
The rut is still sputtering along, my guests are sorted and now its time to have a try for a halfway decent animal for myself. I don't shoot many mature 8 point stags, but I have a free morning sorted so todays the day. My normal diet of scruffy 6 pointers and prickets is on hold, a decent 8 or home with a clean rifle is the plan. The weather forecast isn’t encouraging, yellow level fog warning, but theres not a sign of it at 0500 and the hour and a half drive down is uneventful except for...
That’s my first stag season done after starting shooting and stalking last November. I have been looking forward to it all year and it did not disappoint! First outing was late September in Dumfries and Galloway in a mix of hill and Forrest. Pretty early in the season and had to work hard to make it happen. Very little movement all day seeing only one lone hind in the morning outing. Evening outing after stalking the hill for a few hours we set up overlooking a Forrest outline and after...
Monday 18th October and it is time to load up the truck and point it down the M3. We are heading for Dorset and we are hunting Sika. Now, I have stalked plenty of Sika, but they have all been in the Highlands. I have never stalked Dorset Sika - more importantly my mate (knocking on the door of 70) has never even seen a Sika. I hope he will forgive me saying so, but he would find the Hill a wee bit too much now. Dorset offers him the chance to hunt the “last of the six” and to fulfil a...
Nice little specimen, Entry shot Exit Skin/hide how to cure? Blue tip found in entry wound
So after a lifetime of shooting, first air rifles, then rim fire and on to full bore all of which was target shooting i always wanted to stalk a deer, so at the young age of 63 (mortgage, marriage, Children, dog and life got in the way) i had the opportunity to finally make things happen. After my DS1 course last year, Lockdown and some work getting in the way of going out sooner i booked a stalk with BASC which was then canceled back in August they then informed they are not taking any more...
All our syndicate have been stalking hard this rut and so far exactly zero stags. This morning I decided that perhaps I would leave the hotspots to some other stalkers and try some ground that was pretty new to me and at least I’d get to know it and have a nice walk. I climbed into an old chambered cairn and was thinking what a good place to wait up for a beast very good visibility with a hint of game of thrones thrown in. I thought I’d give it an hour then move on. Picked up a deer in the...
Nearly 74 ,took a wander through the woods, Ruger m77 .270 B/Q sticks blue jeans dunlop short wellies , couple of cast Fallow antlers, Woh! there he was ! just saying: you dont need to break the bank to go stalking.
So the season opened here in Sweden last weekend for moose. Our team of 12 gathered at a lodge close to our grounds. The lads aged from 18 years old to 85 years old. A team meeting is held with a quite beer to discuss the strategy for day one. We decide on an area of just under 1000 hectares, a mix of mature forest, lakes and hills. Securing a decent quantity and quality of meat for everyone by the end of the week is vital. Clean, safe shots are lectured on and a quick check that we have...
Back out tomorrow afternoon for a couple of sessions. Looks like the weather is cooling off a bit, which is good, maybe a bit more autumnal. Expecting the stags to be going full on and although I should take a couple of the bigger 6 pointers that will not get any better, it's not so easy to move on stags which will be loosing condition as time goes by. I think they will be lucky as I'm on my own, so they'll have to wait until my proposed larder and processing is up an running. Birthday...
Coming up to the end of week two on my areas in the far highlands of Scotland. 3 clients First week. 4 Sika stags 4 Red Stags. Second week so far 4 Sika stags 3 Reds. 5 clients next week on stags and hinds. Then back home and straight on CWD. That will make a bit of a change from humping heavy Red Stags about.
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