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    Great day out with SikaMalc!

    Hi all,

    I spent a very enjoyable day down in Sussex with SikaMalc yesterday and thought I'd write up to share the experience!

    After a very early 4am start to get down to the estate for 6am we headed out in the truck to some nearby forest land. After dropping Steve off at a high seat Malcolm and I went for a wander through the forest to see what we could find.

    This was my first time woodland stalking with sticks and it was really educational to see how the pro's do things, as well as have the opportunity for some Q&A and pointers as we proceeded.

    The day was particularly warm for this time of year and to be honest I was starting to regret wearing a jumper under my jacket!!

    One of the very useful tips Malcolm gave me was walking one behind the other (rather than side by side) when on the move so that in the event an animal spots you it can only see one person rather than two!

    The other great pointer was when you stop to glass an area to get the rifle up on the sticks so if you do spot something you're not then fumbling around to get the sticks out, the rifle set up... By which time you've made noise and the deer is off towards the horizon.

    We did spot one fallow buck that was couched up about 40 yards away in thick cover, but he made a break for it when we were about level with him.

    Malcolm showed me how to spot and identify tracks, vegetation damage from thrashing and deer runs through the foliage. Plenty of sign off activity everywhere we went but nothing we could take a shot at!

    We headed back to the lodge for some breakfast kindly prepared by Malc and myriad cups of coffee to offset the early start! After some quality banter with the other guests and me taking the opportunity to pick peoples brains about anything I could thing of (caliber choice, what to do with a wounded deer, deer dogs, wind direction, you name it!) we headed back out into the woods and to a high seat after dropping Steve off at another high set.

    It was another very quiet stalk and no deer presented themselves, but that is how the sport goes sometimes!! It was great to be out in the woods though, watching the dusk creeping in and keeping an eye out for any suitable beasts.

    So even though we didn't get a beast on this occasion I learnt an absolute shed-load, had my first experience of close in woodland stalking and the field craft needed to carry out a successful stalk and had the opportunity to monopolize Malcolm's time with my incessant queries and cram as much into my brain as I could!

    After returning from the PM stalk I headed off to beat the rush hour traffic home. Fortunately my sat-nav decided to take me via any and every rural road it could so I made pretty good progress until I hit the Home Counties car park that is Guildford hehe!

    All round a hugely enjoyable and educational day with some top notch craic and I'm very much looking forward to my next trip down to Sussex in February next year! Thanks again Malcolm and I'll see you then!
    Last edited by stubear; 15-12-2015 at 13:18.

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    Hi Stuart,

    Good to see you and unfortunate in that this weekend was a bit of a blank for you. Steve nearly had a big buck this morning but didn't quite connect. The Fallow are being a bit elusive over this weekend. Plenty of sign and last night Steve and I counted 30 plus outside the main house on the estate. This warm weather is not helping and long hours of darkness.

    Never mind you cant always grass deer every time you go out.

    Look forward to seeing you again and don't forget you have a free return one on me.

    Regards
    Malcolm
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    Good write up and I second the fact that it is a hugely enjoyable and educational day.

    As I was leaving this morning a fallow ran right in front of the car not twenty feet from me!

    Richie

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    Great write up, well done. Not every day is successful but it is always great to be out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sikamalc View Post
    Hi Stuart,

    Good to see you and unfortunate in that this weekend was a bit of a blank for you. Steve nearly had a big buck this morning but didn't quite connect. The Fallow are being a bit elusive over this weekend. Plenty of sign and last night Steve and I counted 30 plus outside the main house on the estate. This warm weather is not helping and long hours of darkness.

    Never mind you cant always grass deer every time you go out.

    Look forward to seeing you again and don't forget you have a free return one on me.

    Regards
    Malcolm

    Thanks Malcolm, very kind of you!

    Its always great to be out even if you dont see anything at all, and as you say - you cant grass something every time!

    Just Sods Law they all turn up once the lights go out haha!

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    Sounds like you thoroughly enjoyed your time out. That's what it's all about. That Malc aint a bad chap either, with plenty to impart.

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    Nice write up, shame about the deer but it is good to learn. Have my first outing with Malc tomorrow PM and Sunday morning, hopefully we will see something, would be nice to get my first look at a Fallow in the wild.

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    That's how stalking started for me, out with a stalker bombarding him with questions . I am fortunate in that I have a fair bit of my own ground now but I still
    take stalking and never fail to learn something from these trips. Pleased you enjoyed your trip

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