A walk on the wild side with a gamekeeper/deerstalker in the Scottish Highlands
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Spare a thought for a couple of my colleagues. We've been champing at the bit, wanting to get on with our foxing but the weather has been so bad we've had to put things on hold. Unfortunately those two found a den just before the weather took a serious downturn. Or should that be downpour? They did get the vixen coming in to the hole at 3am on the first night. But there was no sign of the dog. And the weather was awful. So they were out again all last night. They got a glimpse of the dog in the wee small hours but never got a shot. And the weather was worse. As I write this, the last of the light is leaving the sky. The guys will be back at the den by now. It's been a shocker of a day- wind, rain and snow on the tops. And the forecast is for it to deteriorate through the night. Who'd have thought it possible? As for me, it looks like it will be another day of crow cages and stoat traps tomorrow. It's high time I was checking my trees for crows nests too. But with a lot of the trees being up in the rock faces, I'll maybe leave that until the hill is drier and the rocks less slippery. If the recent weather is anything to go by, the trees will be in full leaf by the time that happens. Just so long as they're not turning yellow!
I've been a gamekeeper on this estate for 20 years. I love this place and I love doing what I do.
A while back, my family and I were given the chance to spend 3 months on a Kalahari Game reserve as part of a 'cultural exchange'. It was a fantastic experience and I sent home blogs to share it with family and friends. Somehow they persuaded me to continue blogging on our return. And here I am !
I reckon I've got the best job in the world and I hope you enjoy this glimpse into my world.
I ask only one thing:- love it or hate it, please leave a comment.
PS It seems if you DO want to leave a comment, you'll have to do it under the 'anonymous' tag. Technology, dontcha love it...