Northumberland Roe

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Just coming to the end of a great week in Northumberland: stalking, doing the tourist thing and eating some great local food!
The stalking has been courtesy of David who has several lovely permissions between Alnwick and Berwick with considerable populations of roe: the largest is a huge wood of mixed replanted clear-fell and old growth in wonderful hilly topography with deep valleys, tumbling streams and quiet glades with a rocky crag running through the middle. The other permission we visited was a farm with arable fields interspersed with mixed woodland, again with fantastic topography giving great vistas from selected view points. There must be several miles of woodland edge to explore here.
I had four outings with David this year (had a couple with him in August 2018 but just missed the rut and blanked, not for want of trying though!): 2 x am and 2 x pm over three days, saw perhaps 10-15 bucks and a similar number of does, albeit some only fleeting.
I had two successful shots: a tidy young 4p who made the fatal error of watching us drive past deep in the wood, a short stalk brought him to book with a 30 yd neck shot. The 2nd was a suitable cull: an middle aged animal with poor single point antlers taken at about 100 yds from a high seat near the eastern edge of the wood. I was delighted to spot this animal myself as it browsed in cover at the very edge of our viewing area. We saw some much bigger bucks but, as they say, they didn't get big by being stupid and we didn't get close.
I have nothing but praise for David's search for suitable deer for me. He never stopped searching the vistas from high seat or mobile stalk and rather than sitting in one place for hours, bored and cold, he moved us to different locations and/or high seat for a different view.
Very wet weather made it hopeless in the middle of the week but we got three days of suitable conditions.
Our self-catering cottage came via Northumbrian Cottages, was conveniently located in Dentchant and was fantastic for up to 6 people plus our lab with tiled floors, all mod-cons and lots of hot water!
David's prices are a revelation in these days of commercialisation: currently £60 per outing plus £20 per shot plus carcass value if you mess up the shot and turn the animal into fox food! No trophy fees so it matters not if the animal you cull is a button or a Gold. His brief is one of population management to protect the forestry and crops so I feel you are expected to shoot what you see so perhaps not a suitable venue for the dedicated trophy hunter. However David offers a wonderful stalking experience for the relative novice or occasional recreational stalker in beautiful countryside.

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CPShines

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Thanks for the write up - sounds like a great time. If you could pm me David's contact details I'd appreciate that. I quite fancy a holiday in Northumberland. Cheers.
 

hedge hunter

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Just coming to the end of a great week in Northumberland: stalking, doing the tourist thing and eating some great local food!
The stalking has been courtesy of David who has several lovely permissions between Alnwick and Berwick with considerable populations of roe: the largest is a huge wood of mixed replanted clear-fell and old growth in wonderful hilly topography with deep valleys, tumbling streams and quiet glades with a rocky crag running through the middle. The other permission we visited was a farm with arable fields interspersed with mixed woodland, again with fantastic topography giving great vistas from selected view points. There must be several miles of woodland edge to explore here.
I had four outings with David this year (had a couple with him in August 2018 but just missed the rut and blanked, not for want of trying though!): 2 x am and 2 x pm over three days, saw perhaps 10-15 bucks and a similar number of does, albeit some only fleeting.
I had two successful shots: a tidy young 4p who made the fatal error of watching us drive past deep in the wood, a short stalk brought him to book with a 30 yd neck shot. The 2nd was a suitable cull: an middle aged animal with poor single point antlers taken at about 100 yds from a high seat near the eastern edge of the wood. I was delighted to spot this animal myself as it browsed in cover at the very edge of our viewing area. We saw some much bigger bucks but, as they say, they didn't get big by being stupid and we didn't get close.
I have nothing but praise for David's search for suitable deer for me. He never stopped searching the vistas from high seat or mobile stalk and rather than sitting in one place for hours, bored and cold, he moved us to different locations and/or high seat for a different view.
Very wet weather made it hopeless in the middle of the week but we got three days of suitable conditions.
Our self-catering cottage came via Northumbrian Cottages, was conveniently located in Dentchant and was fantastic for up to 6 people plus our lab with tiled floors, all mod-cons and lots of hot water!
David's prices are a revelation in these days of commercialisation: currently £60 per outing plus £20 per shot plus carcass value if you mess up the shot and turn the animal into fox food! No trophy fees so it matters not if the animal you cull is a button or a Gold. His brief is one of population management to protect the forestry and crops so I feel you are expected to shoot what you see so perhaps not a suitable venue for the dedicated trophy hunter. However David offers a wonderful stalking experience for the relative novice or occasional recreational stalker in beautiful countryside.

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Nice bit of reading there rob.could you pm me David's number thanks very much..yours steve
 
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