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    Greetings from the West country

    Hi folks,

    I'm a woodland officer and I work closely with estates, private individuals and deer management groups. I'm not yet a stalker myself, however, and don't yet have a FAC, but I figured it was about time I did so, so I'm in the process of applying. I am keen to be stalking by next year's season, after a summer of ensuring that I am equipped, trained, and that my marksmanship is up to scratch, etc.

    Mainly joining the forum to get some friendly advice about a number of issues before I get the FAC application in, including best calibre to go for first time and general "newbie" issues.

    Ta in advance

    Leo

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    Welcome to the site,

    John
    A clever man knows his strengths, a wise man knows his weaknesses

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    Welcome from another Devon member.
    Cheers
    Richard

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    Hi Leo,

    Welcome into the mad house! :0)

    I am local and coach / stalk full-time - feel free to give me yell & we can start 'talking stalking'.

    Best wishes,

    Ian
    For professional guided Deer & Wild Boar Stalking, practical stalking intro's & Deer related training,
    DSC1 & 2 preparation & witnessing, Field Rifle coaching. Go to www.farringtonds.com - or call me on Tel: 07798 771 062

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    Thanks very much, folks!

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    Hi Leo,

    Welcome to the site, be patient and absorb the great advice and you will learn a great deal, I know that I have benefited hugely from the site.

    You won't go far wrong if you spend some time with Ian, I have done a bit of stalking with him and done his shooting skills course and he is a very knowledgeable and patient man whose enthusiasm for teaching is inspiring, if I lived a bit closer I would be knocking his door every week!

    Regards,

    Martin

    Quote Originally Posted by IanF View Post
    Hi Leo,

    Welcome into the mad house! :0)

    I am local and coach / stalk full-time - feel free to give me yell & we can start 'talking stalking'.

    Best wishes,

    Ian

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    hello there bud
    not to far away from ya

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    Welcome, I'm over near Barnstaple.

    Put in for a .22 for rabbits and cheap practice then a deer calibre centerfire. There'll be lots of folks who'll debate calibre but I'd expect that 95% of deer are taken with a .243 or a .308 in this country. If you might want to be taking reds, many folks will say .308 while others will say a .243 is plenty if your shot placement is good. I went with .308.

    Oh and I'd highly recommend taking Ian up on his stalking and rifle tuition, I had a great day with him and learned a great deal, and I plan to go back for more when funds allow.

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    Hi leo, you must be just down the road from me! Welcome:-)

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