Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: First Timer

  1. #1

    First Timer

    Well, it seems to have been a long time coming, but Tom came out with me on his first hunt yesterday morning.
    I'd warned him that the rifle might seem loud, that it might be a bit chilly at that time in the morning, there was a chance that we might be out for ages and not even see anything, and that if I did shoot something it might seem a bit gory. Undetered, he virtually bounced out of bed at 04:00, or "daft o'clock", as we christened it, donned his toggs and off we set.
    Once we arrived at the farm I briefed him for about the thousandth time that he was to stay behind me and to my left, he must only speak in whispers and to stop walking if and whenever I do. Once he'd confirmed that he'd got all that I tied the dog to my belt, hoisted my rucksack, loaded the rifle and the stalk began. No sooner had we got through the farm gate and I did my first stop to scan with the glasses, a roe buck crossed into our field from the adjacent one at a range of about 50m. Rifle over sticks, shot released and deer down. We'd literally been stalking for about 20 metres. Tom was smiling from ear to ear and dead keen to see the deer close up.
    I explained that we needed to wait to make sure the deer didn't get back up, and also to let it die "in peace" if it wasn't quite dead.
    Time up, we approached and I showed him how to do the eye reflex test before I let him pose for a "happy snap" and we had a closer look at our prize. I showed him the antlers and teeth, the entrance and exit wounds and explained where a shot needed to go to ensure a clean kill and what it would hit as it went through.
    On to the gralloch.
    I explained what I was about to do, and told him I'd try to explain each step as I went.
    I cut out around the anus and pulled out the "poop tube"...and the heard a soft thud behind me. I looked round and Tom was sat with his back to me, "are you OK Tom?" I asked......"I can't stand up dad" he replied. Poor little bugger had greyed out and only just managed to hang on to consciousness. So, I put him in the recovery position and sat with him until he came round properly and got his colour back.
    I let him sit out the rest of the gralloch in the car and once the buck was stowed in the carcass tray we set off for a McDonnalds breakfast. By the time the golden arches hoved into view Tom was back to his usual self and we had a good laugh about his woozy moment.
    The good news is, he wants to come out again.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Tom's first hunt.jpg  
    You can't say muntjac without saying, Mmmmmm.

  2. #2
    Sounds like a bit of qaulity time, make the most of it they grow up fast.
    My daughter used to enjoy an occasional trip stalking until one of her teachers said it was cruel and that was the end of that
    Well done

  3. #3
    Well done too many right on teachers decry shooting sports without knowing anything about it,start em young and the bond can only grow atb
    she buys shoes i buy ,shooting,she stops buying shoes,il be amazed

  4. #4
    What a wonderful write up, and what a happy little face!
    Mind you the dog looks more interested in Tom's treats than he does in Tom!



  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by Harry mac View Post
    Once he'd confirmed that he'd got all that I tied the dog to my belt, hoisted my rucksack, loaded the rifle and the stalk began.
    A lovely tale Harry, takes me back to when my 50+ year olds were young, but forgive me for being highly critical.
    Tying a dog to your belt is very dodgy indeed and I went cold when I read that. To have a loaded rifle around even an obedient small child,with safety on (never to be relied on) and a dog tied to your belt scares me. I have seen a dog pull,the gun go off and only chance avoided a fatal accident by 3 feet. Train your dog to walk to heel or leave it somewhere until it's needed.
    Honour all men, Love the Brotherhood, Fear God, Honour the Queen.

    Keep the Faith.

  6. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by The fourth Horseman View Post
    A lovely tale Harry, takes me back to when my 50+ year olds were young, but forgive me for being highly critical.
    Tying a dog to your belt is very dodgy indeed and I went cold when I read that. To have a loaded rifle around even an obedient small child,with safety on (never to be relied on) and a dog tied to your belt scares me. I have seen a dog pull,the gun go off and only chance avoided a fatal accident by 3 feet. Train your dog to walk to heel or leave it somewhere until it's needed.
    Some wise words there, and I hope the OP takes them in they way they're meant

  7. #7
    Great write-up Harry, it makes me look more forward to fulfilling the wish of my granddaughter; to do the same thing.

Similar Threads

  1. First Timer
    By sikadog in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 26-04-2015, 23:04
  2. First timer
    By Broady4 in forum Introductions
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-11-2013, 08:48
  3. A first timer
    By widows son in forum Articles & Write Ups
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 15-09-2012, 22:01
  4. first timer
    By gerald in forum Deer Stalking General
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 22-02-2011, 20:19
  5. Old Timer
    By willie_gunn in forum Deer Stalking General
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 24-04-2010, 13:42

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •