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    How to stalk?

    Hello to all,
    Before you set upon me with the dogs, I'm a newbie!

    Where I now live is not where I grew up so I don't know the land, the area, the people that well. I am only a vermin shooter (with rifle .177HMR) and always been more into guns with two barrells.

    So, back in the day while out with the rifle or shotgun I have seen plenty of local wildlife in my homeland in the SW of England.
    Now I am in the Ribble Valley, Forest of Bowland area in Lancashire (North West Engalnd). I want to start to learn the art of stalking proper. (I've joined this forum as one inroad).

    My first question of many to come is this;
    What is the best way for me to start to observe the local wildlife in its local environment?
    I have only seen Roe Deer in my past yet I believe this area has Sika and maybe other. I do not know their habbits (I will be reading up on it as I write). What I guess I am getting at is, can I just pop out whenever I get an hour or two and walk the area with bino's? Is there an etiquete? I know there is the 'Right to roam' but I know this is controversial and I don't want this thread to become a debate about it. I just want some honest opinions on what I should do, how I should start? I have a couple of small permissions for rabbit but I feel I want to get into the forests. I don't want to get shot (accidentally), shouted at etc and then ruin my relationship with local land owners, syndicates etc but I don't know where the farms are, who owns them, who has rights etc.

    I think you have the answers I need.

    Thank you in advance.
    Richard

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    I'll be honest
    Book yourself some stalking trips with a recommended stalking guide
    You will learn more in a couple of outings than you would imagine
    That way it may also help you understand some of the replies you may get in greater detail
    Wish you luck in your new adventure

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    Quote Originally Posted by stone View Post
    I'll be honest
    Book yourself some stalking trips with a recommended stalking guide
    Stone,
    Thanks for your reply - where do I find this 'recommended guide'? Who does the recommending? - sorry if this sounds daft but I'm serious.

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    Have a look in the stalking opportunities section mate and see who is close to you - contact them and ask if they can take you stalking for the first time and what the costs will be.
    Daz
    "Smoke me a kipper - i'll be back for breakfast"

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    basic's, try to get out 1st light and last light, have wind in your face move slowly and silent and glass alot. as they say walk a little look alot. thats the bare basics but as stone said book with a pro, i came on leaps and bounds after i did.
    stav
    if your going too be dumb you have too be tough

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    where abouts are you in the ribble valley,i live in clitheroe, if you like i can take you on a walk in a public forrest where you should see roe and sika and show you the ropes abit,but i must be honest i only take very good mates out on my permisions ,who i can trust 100%,but like i say i can have a walk with you ,give me a pm if you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stone View Post
    I'll be honest
    Book yourself some stalking trips with a recommended stalking guide
    You will learn more in a couple of outings than you would imagine
    That way it may also help you understand some of the replies you may get in greater detail
    Wish you luck in your new adventure
    +1
    BARONY TRAINED NINJA

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    In reality it's not really much different than stalking deer as to stalking into a rabbit with an airgun. Like stav said first and last light with wind in your face are the basics, if u search on here for other similar topics and u'll see plenty off really good advice.

    I think the basc used to do quite a few intro to stalking days (i went to a carcus handling/butchery day a few years ago, which was excellent) often based at grizzledale forest, be a good intro, if u check their site, althou that was when steve was running the northern branch and organised quite a few different events.

    The fc at grizzledale take clinents out and all the rangers seemed very nice people and good craic, also there was a fella johnathon standing from ??(cannae bloody mind where he's from now, its on tip off my tounge, its on the west coast not that far from u somewhere) also has a very good rep in your area. But plenty of very good guides advertise on this site


    Good luck with it, but u'll prob find if u do a bit of shotgun shooting once u start stalking and talking about it u'll met folk u've ken't for years also stalk and u never realised it.

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    I'd recommend joining BDS in the North West (The British Deer Society) and doing the Level one certificate in October, the contacts there should help and the information from the course is excellent

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buchan View Post
    I'd recommend joining BDS in the North West (The British Deer Society) and doing the Level one certificate in October, the contacts there should help and the information from the course is excellent
    Buchan, thanks - I have already made roads into this but due to lack of available holidays left I will have to wait until next year but no worries, I can swat up. I got the DSC1 questions the other night and had a go at answering them to guage how much I really know (not much!) so, thanks to all your input on this thread I think I now have a beter chance of getting out there and 'learning by doing'

    All good tips guys. - for me it's the walking and chatting with more experienced guys in their professions that I find the most enjoyable way of learning so getting out there is what I wanna do. I don't even necessarily want to 'stalk' on the first outings - just be there!

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