Write Ups

Write ups of your recent trips and event reports.
 
Shot my best muntjac a few nights ago after 10 years of stalking, very happy 😃
 
As I have found out over the years shooting pigeons on rape the wind is probably the most important factor in order to mask the noise from the shooting, also help split up the " rape flock" These birds have been there a while with the gas gun having no effect only to cause the farmer a few calls from the new people in the village lol. A local block of rape with a second lump not that far away which I did think they might disappear as choice 2! With the 20 mph wind I decided to pick off...
I only met Bob Bisset once and that was as a teenager I thought he was an eccentric old man .Bob was Head Stalker on Invermearan estate for forty years, it was only many years later when I went to Invermearan as a stalker (unfortunately Bob had been dead for a number of years by that time) that I realized what an interesting and complex character he was. When I say that I thought he was an eccentric old man , it was only after going to Invermearan that I found out that when I had met him as...
 
Just a short story from a member off here who came for a trip in 2019. We keep in regular contact via watts app. Johan likes his hunting also having a large farm and gunsmithing business his 3 girls have had the chance to shoot from day one so all are crack shots. He broke his ankle at xmas also with the situation the girls are home they have stepped up to the plate. This came through this afternoon with his middle daughter taking the shot....A meat hunt for his family also the farm...
We (as we all did) had to cancel the shoot days in November. One of the Guns (on here and you know who you are) suggested a "backfill" day. Splendid idea. Just don't fing suggest it - organise it. He didn't dear reader. Well, he is (as my wife says) an "initiator" not a "completer finisher". I have not done the poncy courses that my wife appears to have done but I do get the gist of her argument. We rock up at 0815 and no one else does. Have we got the day wrong? No we have not -...
 
It was a little over 12 months ago when I had my first experience of a driven hunt in Germany. It was really a very special occasion and one I shall never forget. This years hunt has also been memorable, but more so for the wrong reasons. These terrible times that we live in and everything from unconvinced to our normal way of life through horrendous pain and heartache. And for myself being out in Germany, it is my place of work and it has meant being away from my family for most of last...
 
"Can you make me a couple of sandwiches for tomorrow morning?" "Already done. There are a couple of wraps in the fridge". "What are they?" "Chicken". "What type of chicken?" "Chicken surprise". I do not sleep when I know I am out in the morning; it is I think, a throwback to my working days. And so at Silly o'clock, this morning I am crashing about the house getting myself ready. I help my wife by emptying the dishwasher: too late do I recall her plea for me to stop emptying the...
So the plan for my second ever outing on fallow was set, and a nice crisp day set it up nicely. Pricket was the target and it started well with plenty sighted. Mentor sat me in the high seat and left me with thermal and off he went to see what else was about with another friend. Nothing doing for almost an hour and then I spotted a group of around 30 running around the perimeter of the wood around 150yds away. Circled right round behind me and no stopping! Nice to see though. Shortly after...
Thought I might have a look fo a munty this evening and as I was running a bit late I went back to the seat where I had got 3 munties before Christmas as it is just 5 minutes from the house. So I parked 20 m from the seat and climbed up,sat down loaded the rifle, got the coffee flask out of the pocket and looked up and a buck walked out of the brambles 40 m in front of me broadside on and stood to nibble a leaf. Fatal mistake on his part. So reloaded drank a cup and then it began to rain and...
 
Down in the 42nd parallel south, it’s not been too bad this year relatively speaking, considering what you fellas are going through. However, despite mostly dodging the Covid crisis, the wife and I decided that Q4 2020 we would indulge in a bit of random injury requiring surgical repair. I severed tendons in the back of my right hand and the wife broke her foot. Both of us were somewhat limited physically for the best part of three months. So this summer holiday has a lot of built in...
 
Well now. Along with most of the rest of the country we awoke this morning to find the Covid padlock clamped over the Gates of our lives. Still, the birds need to be fed and so I get to drive out into countryside. There is less traffic on the roads and I don't know why but I seem to notice every bit of litter on the journey to the farm. I am by nature an angry man. I can become irate about most things for no reason but litter is the one thing that really boils my p**s. How low must be your...
 
Well what a bastard of a year that was, And it's not over yet. I have never shot anything with a good head on it before in all the years I have been stalking. As some of you will have already read I was lucky to get out with a good mate Lee Jackson who runs Wiltshire deer stalking in October and I was over the moon with that result, Then early in November I was out on my own when I bumped into a keeper on the ground I was on, Just told him I had a glimpse of a muntjac, within a few...
Well it's that annual day of humiliation again for our small syndicate. Everyone that can is to muster at the Lodge with a guest. I have for the last five years invited a colleague from work - he has yet to score. I pull up way too early to find the gates locked and the rain drizzling down. We are not meeting for at least another hour and so I try and catch up on my sleep. I am in a Landrover - needless to say I stay wide awake for the next sixty minutes. Eventually a series of headlights...
 
I put my cz Varmint.223 up for a sale a while ago having got a barrel and insert for the Blaser (I know.... yawn). After a modest amount of interest a member on here from ooop’ north enquired about getting it and the logistics of RFD transfers etc. I said if he wanted to avoid the hassle he was welcome to jump in the car and if he got down early enough I’d happily take him out for a stalk to sweeten the deal. Yesterday he was up at 4am and down to me by 7 with his .308. A covid friendly...
 
Out with the old and in with the new, as we say here in Scotland. Let’s hope the incoming year is better than the past. Well, as I raised a glass of the finest Scottish malt as the bells rang out, I was sure there would be many who would agree with me. It’s a time I look through the pages of my journal and reflect on my successes, and disappointments, of my sporting year. In over thirty years of keeping a journal, this past year 2020, there were not many outings, COVID -19 saw to that. I do...
 
With quite a time out of action also the timing of the wet weather, a welding job on the farm was good to get fixing stuff again. I went over some other jobs in the pipe line also chatting about the spring drilling, some foxing as there is a planned lambing time in near future also the deer. The land owner is working in his woods clearing areas for new growth also keen for the increase of muntjac to be dealt with, know back working then good enough for stalking. I went a few days ago but...
 
Yesterday there was a drama outside my house. A young man (surveying drains) parked his company van on the sodden grass triangle a few doors up. That did not go well. My the time my wife alerted me to the developing crisis, three other drivers had stopped to help. The van was up past it's sills and the recently replaced and renovated grass triangle was Royally fcuked. Some may recall that I recently had to replace the winch on my 110 last month, because I sank the farm's Jeep and broke my...
Even the dog was looking disconsolate as we headed right around the base of the higher ground, a high level plateau deer grass, heather, rocks and the odd peat hag, we watched the “the three amigos” heading off into the distance with that trotting lope that covers ground effortlessly - within 5 minutes they were a mile away, my own trotting lope was not so effortless as we made our way towards a distant heather covered ridge where we had spied deer drifting down out of the south east wind...
 
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading over the years the write-ups of our members describing their experiences, especially the funny ones! Thought I would share my experiences on a December day at the hinds in the highlands. I was invited by a friend, a generous offer, to stalk his hill ground with a view to taking a hind ( or two) if possible. We had a few possible dates but as the rain here has been of biblical proportions for two weeks solid, a window was looking unlikely. Eventually, a...
 
Just wanted to say a big thank you to Roestalker39, only acquired a .243 a few months ago and I asked on here a question with regards to what to look for when booking paid stalking. Jim sent me a message and asked to give him a call, which resulted in him offering to take me out for free. I was unsuccessful in finding opportunity for a deer but I have learnt a lot already from Jim by virtue of being out in Yorkshire with someone with a great deal of experience. Jim has offered for me to...
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