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Woke early this morning and decided to have a little look about Within two minutes of leaving motor I spotted this lad.Another unusual head for our area it must be an odd gene rhey are carrying as we have a few each year like this lad,and neighbouring stalker also has a few from time to time.
 
After a tiresome trip back to the sand-pit. Prodded poked and tested more times than I care to recall, Quarantine in a 5 star hotel only to be fed slop that I would not even give my dog.. 4 weeks later after dealing with curfews ( proper ones with helicopters overhead) and also actually doing some work - after 51 weeks treading water back in England , it was about time etc, I managed to get out for an escape. Headed out at 9 am. Trolled round about 8k offshore - close in for here, The...
 
Away for a weekend at the stalking ground, what a fantastic day Saturday was, followed by the usual pish Scottish weather on Sunday.🤨 Anyway a total of 3 roe bucks & two sika nobbers,great weekend & a big fox in daylight above field of lambs, result. Steve
 
This block of rape is quite behind the other 2 fields, it is at a critical time as the birds are leaving the longer stems to feed on the shorter ones. The pressure is telling with a " can you shoot these ****ing pigeons" from the farmer! "Yes if you stop firing ****ing rockets at them" ! The birds start at daft o'clock then come back around 10, then really go for it from 12. You can clearly see the place they want to feed but it would limit the shooting so picking the place I shot last...
 
I love spring, even if it is a bit late this year. When everything comes to life and the deer starts to get active again after winter. Yesterday we were out doing a bit of tracking. First a moose cow with calf and then a red deer hind with calf. Good training for both me and the dog.
 
It's been a very busy week on the pest control front this week with 3 nights out shooting rabbits and foxes, lambing is well underway, now 1 job I don't like doing is pest control at home on our farm! But I've had two foxes taking the laying hens, so tonight as I write this trying to ease my boardman I thought I would write it as it happens, sat in my polaris ranger with the front window open with 223 resting in the dash board, I have learnt many tricks in the past and the best 1 is to sit...
 
It is probably the last hurrah for our little syndicate’s bash at a Roe Doe Cull. With guests that can make it, we can muster eight guns. My guest is on his ninth invite. He has thus far, not been lucky. Point of fact, he is cursed. He has blanked twice a year for almost five years. Today he is going in the hot seat. It is my favourite. It is remote, isolated and far from all the other seats. It suits my personality. I like it. Also the Keeper has propped it up at “seat of the week”...
 
My local ground has a very good number of Muntjac also Fallow turn up in August for the winter beans but no Roe. However my friends woodland has a number of them also Muntjac and quite a few Fallow, we have been trimming up the Muntjac also a couple of Fallow. All 3 species were in the wood this afternoon which is not uncommon, my thermal pinged some fallow who were on the boarder of a rape field so know doubt had been giving it some attention! 5 mins on 3 roe showed up with 4 more on our...
 
I moved to Herefordshire 32 years ago. Back then there was little more than the odd muntjac being sighted in the south and east of the county. My stalking forays were very much fallow orientated with the occasional roe. I was happy about the situation because I had lived most of my life in Warwickshire and had cut my stalking teeth on muntjac and roe. Herefordshire also offered me the opportunity to continue with vermin control with both rifle and shotgun, something that I had done since...
 
One of our group has not been able to join us during the last week of the Doe season and has been chomping at the bit to get out. So this afternoon finds me meandering my way across the English countryside, heading towards one of our permissions. On the radio, the news is all about the death of Prince Philip. It is, it cannot be, a surprise to anyone and yet it seems to be so. I offer a silent prayer to a God I do not believe in, for the life he lived and for that which the Queen must...
Being new to stalking I've been itching to get out again and from the recommendation of others on here I booked in with Jim Riley at DVGM. We were originally booked to go out early December but it was to foggy so postponed, then early Jan and the dread Covid lockdown was in full swing so was cancelled, then.....as by divine intervention a quick "don't suppose your free on good Friday are you?" Was met with an even quicker..."yes mate, let's crack on!" With the days getting longer and longer...
 
Got the chance to have a mooch on sat and Sunday, weather was perfect Anyway this is only my 2nd reccy on this peice , so I spent sat afternoon ( 7 hrs) exploring the gullies and rides , found some great crossing points and plenty of sign on these ( mental notes made and map marked up) Sunday morning thick fog so turned the alarm off at 5am and had a bit more kip lol.After 2 brews at 9am off I popped to the clear fell to explore another bit , I skirted the boundary on the clear fell...
 
2 Bucks and a Doe have been pinging one of my cameras twice a day, the late afternoon times got my attention with 2 days in a row around the same time it was worth a punt. After checking it this morning nothing on the card for some reason, however the other card had some pictures later..! There is a road map of trails so knowing where they will appear from is like bashing the frog at the fair, years of shooting foxes on the fly meant I set the scope for 50/70 yards ( not meters lol ) as if...
 
Well I've been on here for a while and have been over whelmed with the generosity of members toward each other. I put a post up looking for a couple of skulls for my nephew... I've had some cracking offers. One member rang me straight away and has sent me photos of some bucks I'd say up to gold and has told me to pick a couple pay the postage and he will fly them over.... What a start to the morning. I've mentioned before my application has been in for twelve months plus as the dreaded covid...
 
It’s last minute and it’s ramshackle but we are squeezing another day into the Does. One of the lads has been waiting for a hip replacement for a wee while now. A couple of weeks ago he wrote to his Consultant complaining about the delay and cc’d his MP into his missive. On the way down to the shoot (driven by a Guest/Carer/Deer-Dragger) he was phoned by his Consultant. “We have a slot suddenly available. Are you free next Wednesday?” Coincidence? I reminded my friend of the first...
 
Well this tale will not be long in the telling. A two hour "coffee and chat" session and talk of booking the Hinds in Scotland for January or February - excites me more than it should. Four of us out again, on the last day of the season. One lad on foot, Hip-Boy and his "Guest" in adjoining seats and me on the the far side of the Estate. The plan is for me to stalk into a seat at the back of a fairly large hill. When I get there, it is full of sheep, surrounded by electric fence and I...
 
I've been blessed with a pretty good season this year, finding myself well into double figures with the does. With only a couple of days left to the season though, and more and more bucks beginning to show I decided on a last hurrah this evening and sallied forth, .270 in one hand, sticks in the other, and a song in my heart despite the gales. Early-on, I'd spotted a roe about 3/4 of a mile from me, but upwind and with good cover to give me half a chance of a stalk in. Half an hour or so...
 
Early morning out again on what have become my favourite estate ever, as i got the deer, game , vermin and fishing rights all for myself... Climbed the steep bank to the higseat on the dark, and already good signs showing, as a quick look through the thermal reveals a muntjac right under the seat. Up in the seat hoping the muntjac will show itself again, and 30 minutes later a big buck rushed out from the undergrowth on my left, at quite a pace, through a plantation. Quick squezee of the...
 
So after a phone call from my keeper mate about how many roe are getting about I assured him I'd pop over and thin out the does.So outing no1 arrived at the high seat 4pm covers chopped but not ploughed.waiting in ambush what seemed like forever.Finally they showed up 6.30pm so losing light A Buck doe and twins followed by 2 muntjac.Too far for a shot.so gave up.Outing no2 got to the seat a bit earlier so I could move it up the tree line a little further.sorted wind quite strong then showers...
 
With work commitments from half of the syndicate and transport issues for another, the best we can muster this evening is three guns. The weather and it does not look great. I mention to my wife that I may sack it off. If looks could kill. “I have bought you and the boys cake. A tub of mini chocolate rolls and a tub of flapjacks. You need to go and have a cup of tea with the boys – its not just about Stalking”. Don’t you hate to hear your own preaching thrown back in your face? I drive...
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