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Thread: Field, Fridge, Dinner... (thanks sikamalc!)

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    Field, Fridge, Dinner... (thanks sikamalc!)

    Wanted to share a superb stalking experience and say a massive thanks to sikamalc...

    I had contacted Malcolm as a novice wanting to gain experience before taking DSC1 later this year. His land was not all that far from me in West Sussex. So i went to meet him at around 3pm. A relaxed cup of tea and general chat was a great way to start the day. Following this we went to the range to fire the rifle. He actually offered a selection of 'estate' riffles, i chose the Tikka 308. I managed to put both rounds dead centre about 1/4 inch apart - reassuring start to the afternoon!

    We waited till around 5:30ish before heading out (again enjoying a cup of tea!). We drove out to the first place, and basically as soon as we had left the car, we saw deer. A group of Fallow, many of which we laying down sleeping!! They had not moved, so we approached from behind a hedge for a closer look. We were looking at a mixture of fallow, including one definite pricket. We though we may have a shot, however quickly realised there was a thin wire fence between the deer and the riffle. We slowing moved around to to see if we could get a better angle. A couple of the front deer became twitchy and gradually all the deer in the group were on their feet. There was no safe show at the pricket - always seemed to have a deer behind it, bush in front of it or turned facing away. By this stage the majority of the deer were moving back into the woods and the chance had gone. But as Malcolm reminded me, no shot is better than a bad shot.

    Anyways, we moved on and turned into the next field and low and behold there were four fallow does right in front of us! They saw us and quickly moved back into the woods. Moving another few meters forward we looked down over towards the bottom of a valley and there were even more deer! The first thing that we both noticed was an absolutely cracking master fallow buck - pure white in colour. This was not going to be something i was shooting, but right next to him was a decent cull buck. I put up my monostick and took aim. Heart pumping i struggled to steady myself with the monostick. I asked Malcolm if we could move forward, i was not confident taking the shot. We slowly moved forward and Malcolm suggested that i rest the riffle on his shoulder to take the shot. This worked and i now had the buck in my sights. Calming myself (somewhat), i squeezed the trigger. The buck dropped. At this stage we could only see part of the valley, but from nowhere around 30 deer appeared, mixture of bucks/does and a mixture of colours. Malcolm had to remind me to reload (something that i wont be forgetting) and once the other deer had moved on we slowly moved in.

    Heart was pumping, but it was great to get a closer look at the deer. Malcolm commented that it was a great cull buck as it looked to be around 4 years old and had a terrible head, but huge amount of weight to its body. And the weight was confirmed after we dragged it back up the hill to the car!

    We took the deer back to Malcolm's were he showed me the full carcass preparation. I decided that i would buy the meat and actually ended up taking the entire carcass. Went back later in the week to pick it up.

    Truth be told i did not think i would get simply an entire carcass. But after watching a few YouTube videos and some helpful hint from Malcolm i had butchered my first deer. Wont be the best butchering job that i do, but will be remembering it. I had bought a meat grinder, so now have freezer full of fillet steak, mince, chopped/dice venison and both haunches (planning on sawing these into steaks). Needless to say a large fallow buck will keep me going for a long time!

    I not suggesting that in one outing i learnt how to stalk (although i learnt a lot), but i did see and the full end to end process of a wild deer roaming in a field, being humanely culled, respectfully prepared and joyfully eaten (venison burgers with caramelised onions). That experience is priceless.

    Many thanks Malcolm, great experience!! Will be coming out with you again.

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    Joe fab post mate and it is nice to read a positive post for a change after the last few on client stalking. I was a bit sad not to here about Todd but that would mean he wasn't needed so also well done on the good shot. You will have learned a lot Malc has been at it for thirty years and must have learned something to pass on. Ps that fallow will taste nice i shot my first this year and have eaten it.
    Last edited by 6pointer; 27-04-2012 at 07:47.

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    Well done, sounds like you had a great experience.
    Last edited by davidm; 27-04-2012 at 07:50.

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    Morning Joe,

    Thanks for the nice comments. Todd was there Davie but with about 30 Fallow in front of him and one dead one on the floor it was not the time to let him off the lead. Although once at the fallen deer he did have a quick rag at it.

    The master buck we saw really was a beauty, and one I have not seen before, so hopefully he will be around later in the season as the wood nearby is a rutting stand. All in all a good weekend, as I also took a buck the following day for a film crew who where interested in making a film on hunting.

    Look forward to seeing you again Joe, you know where I am now and I will be there again this weekend so please feel free to drop by if you want. Weather looks fairly dire for the weekend, and up at 5am both days so will be looking forward to the early morning shower of rain .


    Sikamalc (Malcolm)

    PS by the way Joe it was a Tikka T3 270.
    Last edited by sikamalc; 27-04-2012 at 08:27.

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    well done joe, you wont go wrong with wise old malcolm , only joking malc.

    joe, malcs helped me out no end with my stalking and several other people i know, plus hes got great land with lots of deer



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    Had not realised it was a 270, all i know is that it definitely did the job. I had originally thought that when i do apply for my FAC i would be asking for a 308, but was really impressed with the Tikka T3 270. And, feel guilty about not mentioning the real star of the day, Todd... (never seen a dog more excited about seeing deer!!)

    Will drop by Saturday.



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    Never mind about the deer wadas will want to know more about the tea, was it made right, how long did it mash, was the pot warmed, how did it taste you can't just say you had a cup of tea, oh no that will never do!

    Well done on your first home butchering, taste nicer that way don't they , sounds like a good day out with Malcolm.


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