A TYPICAL DAYS STALKING

#1
Another typical Days stalking for me yesterday.

Up at 5.15am take the dogs for a quick run around the field, then loaded my gear and a forty minute drive down the M5 to some ground of mine in the Cotswold's.
At first light I'm crawling over a very wet field with a nice covering of cow sh*t. Only to find as it gets lighter the roe doe I'm after is a buck, nice start.
Back to the truck wet and stinking, a quick drive down to the next farm. The wind has stopped and its warming up bit this is more like it.
I get to the top of a steep valley and spot three does on the opposite side perfect. I have to backtrack to the other end of the valley and come over the top on the other side, perfect approach just in time to see them walk through a gap in the hedge onto next door :rolleyes:

Right morning done back up the M5 to do some highseat maintenance on some Munty ground by home.
Right I'm now up a high seat and going to put some pipe lagging around the top rail, easy enough, I'll just trim the end off the lagging, Oh a chance to use my posh new Rory Conner knife the one I've coveted for years. Cut the lagging ok the trimmed bit starts to roll, i grab it with both hands one of which is holding my knife :eek:. With my finger wrapped up I get down the seat and do the other jobs and then home for a plaster :oops: at least my new knife is sharp.
Walk the dogs, bit of dinner, remember to speak to the missus (somebodies got to feed the dogs).
Right nice sunny afternoon so I load "Max"my pointer in the truck and off up the road to try and find a Munty.
A long walk to get to the spot I want to be, sit on the roesack just as the wind starts to howl and then it starts to pi** down, great :D After an hour of sitting in weather where no sensible Muntjac is gonna come out onto a big open ride in its just about too dark to see. Max is looking at me as if I'm nuts (probably right) so home again.
Buy the missus a takeaway as a peace offering for putting up with me.

Not the most successful of days but I wouldn't change it for the world.

Wayne
 

Claret_Dabbler

Well-Known Member
#4
Over the Christmas holidays I took three trips to my stalking ground, total of 420 miles and seven hours driving. I spent about 10-12 hous sitting out looking for a suitable Sika.

The net result for the effort was one Sika pricket.

It was great. :D
 
#5
Wayne

This sounds all too familiar :D

My last couple of stalking trips have ended up much the same - much effort expended for precious little result, one fallow resulting from three outings.

Still, it's a lot better than being stuck in the office ;)

willie_gunn
 

shootingduckdog

Well-Known Member
#6
trips

Wayne

I can definately relate. I am lucky if I can muster 1 deer for every 3 or 4 trips out. Never set off feeling as if a result is a certainty. Mind you occasionally the gods are smiling and you get thrown a blinder :p Maybe yours is just around the corner.
(reminds me of a difficult fox we had to deal with. Took several trips to find it and get it in a shootable range, just set up on sticks and skies opened, downpour so heavy couldnt see a thing. Off went old reynard :evil: )
 

Max

Well-Known Member
#7
Great write up Wayne

Had me :) ing right from the start, nice to know its not just me.

My GWP is Max also and yes he gives me those looks as well, guess he's the smart one ;)

Max

"No he cant type"
 

sikamalc

Administrator
Site Staff
#8
Hey up Wayne, not like you to draw a blank mate ;) I took Andy and Nick off the site this weekend to West Sussex.

We got lucky with the weather, result over 3 outings 5 Roe doe's, including Andy's second only deer and his first Roe. My Bavarian Todd worked a treat, really made up with him :D I hope Nick will tell the tale.

Keep well Wayne, speak soon i hope.
 

bambislayer

Well-Known Member
#9
I once travelled 150miles and a 1hr ferry trip to find I forgot my bolt

:eek:

Also got up at 2am drove 1hr then walked for 1hr, went to load the 270 magazine and had 20 norma 243 in my pocket!

:cry:

I'm not admitting to any more :D
 

2428 miles

Well-Known Member
#10
I know the feeling, but then the next time you go out they are all out and it's hard to choose where to go and which to shoot.

Swings and roundabouts!!

Bambislayer, that made me laugh, only forgotten the bolt once, never again! next time it was the Binos!!!!

New policy is to keep it all in the truck, that way nothing is forgotten!!
 

basil

Distinguished Member
#12
bambislayer said:
I once travelled 150miles and a 1hr ferry trip to find I forgot my bolt

:eek:

Also got up at 2am drove 1hr then walked for 1hr, went to load the 270 magazine and had 20 norma 243 in my pocket!

:cry:

I'm not admitting to any more :D
Go on please.........this could get funnier...........
basil.
 

basil

Distinguished Member
#13
Not seeing anything is part of the beauty of stalking, it`s part of the suspense. If you shot something on every stalk wouldn`t it get boring?
The countryside is a magical thing, expect the unexpected and love what you`re doing for as long as you`re doing it.
Enjoy being out there, it won`t last forever.
basil.
 

wint

Well-Known Member
#14
typical day

wayne,let me get this right.

1)Your alarm clock works. :D

2)You see lots of countryside. :D

3)You saw 4 deer. :D

4)You didnt lose your knife. :D

5)And your missus is still speaking to you. :eek:

I would call this a very successful day.

andy
 
#15
Hi All
I think we forget how lucky we are some days :oops:
I'm not ever going to be a rich man but I've got my health and live in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside and have stalking within 2 miles of my back door what more could you want.

Andy, since when is the missus talking to you a good thing ;)

Wayne
 
#16
Hi Malc,
Sounds like you a good time.
My Roe ground is mostly small fields and dingles go's quiet this time of year but the one farm grows a lot of grass for conventional hay bales and it is full of Roe come the summer, one field which is 400 yds x 200 yds square in the last two seasons we shot 11 Roebucks of it including a Gold.

Babislayer, :lol: :lol: :lol: very good.

Hi Stone where's your Poland write up???

Max how old's your GWP, my Max is only two but learning fast, got his name because of his size it's like stalking with a donkey :D
 
#17
WAYNE DAVIES said:
Hi Malc,
Sounds like you a good time.
My Roe ground is mostly small fields and dingles go's quiet this time of year but the one farm grows a lot of grass for conventional hay bales and it is full of Roe come the summer, one field which is 400 yds x 200 yds square in the last two seasons we shot 11 Roebucks of it including a Gold.

Babislayer, :lol: :lol: :lol: very good.

Hi Stone where's your Poland write up???

Max how old's your GWP, my Max is only two but learning fast, got his name because of his size it's like stalking with a donkey :D
I know what you mean about going quiet, have not seen a Roe since well before christmas, but they grow organic clover and in the summer they tend to be on that.

Wish I had that number to shoot 11, but with the ground only 5 mins away i'm not complaining.
Just managed to get the stalking on the ground where we do the foxing, there aren't hundreds but they don't want them in the garden on there roses.


Jonathon
 

docholiday

Well-Known Member
#19
Dont own any land so have to pay for all my stalking, 15 outings with various "pro's " over the last eight months
result a very light wallet about 2500 miles on the Landrover and one pricket.
from what I am reading above it seems I have been done up like a kipper.

Doc
 

bambislayer

Well-Known Member
#20
Hi Basil

If I were to list all my tales of forgotten article/messed up stalks , I think DMQ would suspend my aw status .

As far as keeping everything in the motor , tried that & the police weren't happy, they said I had to use the cabinet :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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