Another stalking outing with Sikamalc.

Bavarianbrit

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I booked a four day stalk with Malc for two stalkers mainly as my pal Andreas from Germany wanted to experience some more English stalking but this time done properly.
A few emails to Malc and I paid the deposit and it was all sorted. The trip was booked for the 15th of January 2019. A few days before the stalking began Andreas flew over to Stansted by Ryansdispair I collected him and drove back to Dover for food and catch up chats. The morning of the 15th we set off at a very awful early departure time with me driving but finding the bothy again after a year away proved difficult as the navi gave up but that was soon sorted out when I saw the paintball sign for then you turn next left into the estate. We met up for tea with Malc & Rhys who was to guide for Andreas. Andreas went out stalking and I was put back sitting on the high seat where I had grassed two fallows the year before but I saw nothing. Andreas on the other hand had much more luck he grassed two that day. Back to the Hill Barn B&B as recommended by Malc very nice it is and we showered etc, Malc decided we should go to the Dragon pub for a meal, it’s not far from the estate, the meal was really good and then off back for some much needed sleep before the Wed 6am start. It was a bit wet and windy, Malc took me out on foot, I saw a couple of fallow but was too slow in getting onto a sticks shooting position as I am only shooting on high seats back in Germany and this was a new experience for me.
Andreas again had much more luck, he grassed two more that day. Then on Thursday early up at 5.30 we packed all our stuff into my Tata truck and went back down to the bothy for tea before an early stalk, I was again sat out on a high seat but I only saw one fallow for 4 seconds passing between two bushes before it ghosted away, it seemed to be just too uncomfortable conditions for them to be moving out in. Then back to the bothy kettle on and followed by a great breakfast of sausage bacon eggs beans and toast, you can”t complain about that.
Then we packed up and headed north to Bedford for 1.5 days of Muntjac and CWD stalking, me following Malc”s truck all the way. Checked into the B&B digs which are super and settled in with some more tea & biscuits, we both went out stalking with Malc as Rhys had had to stay behind at the bothy to follow up on a shot at a fallow from Andreas that showed some sign of being hit and it had sounded to have been a good hit, the rifle he was using from Rhys was only a .243 so it might have had no exit wound to show any paint & pins. Stalking with Malc we walked the fields together but saw only some biggish hares out on the fields. Then Malc drove us at last light around the whole area and we did see some CWD but each time they bolted as soon as we had exited the truck until final light when a yearling CWD came out from a bush in front of the truck so I slipped out from the truck, loaded up Malc”s rifle and went for a shot off the bonnet at around 50 metres, It took me longer as I was fiddling about with the safety of the unfamiliar rifle but the CWD stayed on watching us then I was ready and a high shot that took out the backstraps. Malc and Andreas were having kittens in the truck as Andreas was shouting “shoot” and Malc thought that I was going to put a groove across his bonnet. The next morning Friday Rhys (now back with us without having found the previous fallow in Horsham which meant that it was classed as a miss) took Andreas out so I went out on a high seat near the B&B (lazy??) Malc had taken another day guest out but two hours out there left me with my feet feeling like ice blocks and a feeling of having joined the brass monkey brigade.
Andreas had no luck either, then off back to the B&B for breakfast which was tops. I went out again on Friday evening with Rhys on another permission but we saw nothing as it was still very cold. We got back to the B&B but there was no sign of Malc/Andreas so we carried on waiting until darkness fell and then they turned up with this funny story, at the last light on the last stalk they saw two CWD”s and off they set, Andreas waits until one is not skylined and takes the shot but misses whereupon the CWD barks at the impact behind him Malc says to Andreas “it”s a buck as the females don”t bark so take another shot”. It dropped to the shot from Malc”s .270 and they went over to it and “blow me down” say”s Malc or something to that effect, “it”s a gold medal buck”. Andreas was over the by now very full moon, well he was until he got the bill to include his having a shoulder mount done but that”s stalking and he is well pleased with the day. Afterwards we drove over to Cambridge to the Premier Inn where Olaf from on the SD site met up with us and we had a nice fish & chips supper chatting in front of a roaring open fire in a nice old pub. All in all it was a very nice four days of stalking. Thanks Malc from both of us.
 

Bavarianbrit

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I had forgotten to add that Andreas had also grassed a young buck muntjac on Wednesday with Rhys, it was 9 months old and was already pregnant. That shows the reproductive potential of them.
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Pine Marten

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It dropped to the shot from Malc”s .270 and they went over to it and “blow me down” say”s Malc or something to that effect, “it”s a gold medal buck”. Andreas was over the by now very full moon, well he was until he got the bill to include his having a shoulder mount done but that”s stalking and he is well pleased with the day.
That is exactly how I shot a gold medal CWD with Malcolm!
 

Bavarianbrit

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i knew they can breed fast but now the bucks are pregnant?!!
sounds like a great few days
shakey
Sorry I will have to ask Rhys or Andreas as Rhys had said something about a fetus , I was still frozen solid so I must have half understood. Andreas has terrible English so I am really writing this up for him.
I do know though that he took a bag of muntjac back with him.
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Bavarianbrit

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My partner had done a 4 year apprenticeship in Germany in a game specialist hotel in Hof, Bavaria starting in 1961.
She has just done the little scrappy bits from the high shot damaged CWD quickly fried in a pan with a cream & pepper sauce added plus some fried potatoes and a leaf salad, simple but really exquisite tasting.
Eat your heart out Paris.
 

Bavarianbrit

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I have now remembered. Andreas did shoot a doe then Malc was miffed as he wanted the breeding stocks left alone but Rhys had put him on to it as it was so young.
 

sikamalc

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That is exactly how I shot a gold medal CWD with Malcolm!
Actually the medal buck was shot on the same field as yours, and in fact not too far from the same spot either. Only this time Andreas wanted a medal buck, after changing his mind over the 4 days he was with me and Rhys. I had a feeling it was a buck, even thought the light was almost gone, its behaviour gave it away and the end result was what the client wanted, so he already knew what the cost would be.
 

Pine Marten

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Actually the medal buck was shot on the same field as yours, and in fact not too far from the same spot either. Only this time Andreas wanted a medal buck, after changing his mind over the 4 days he was with me and Rhys. I had a feeling it was a buck, even thought the light was almost gone, its behaviour gave it away and the end result was what the client wanted, so he already knew what the cost would be.
And what's more, you probably found it immediately too. And didn't forget your knife in the gralloch.

I don’t want to be in the The Book !
 

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