Tuesday, 8 January 2013


Happy New Year to you, one and all.

Over the Christames break, my colleagues and I have been praying for some harder weather to 'bring the deer in' a bit. It didn't happen.

I also though that, with my ground left quiet for a fortnight, the deer might have settled down a bit. I even thought the big herds might have broken up and spread out a bit. Didn't happen.

We're now 2 days back in the yoke. And both days we've had mist and rain and very little to show for our efforts. Personally, I'm getting extremely windy about how far I'm behind with my cull. The problem is, there is very little any of us can do about it. Even if we were to get the hard weather now, I really don't think we could make up the numbers we need to.

I can't remember if I mentioned it in a former blog, but I had a(nother) cameraman out with me a few weeks back. This one was filming for an internet programme called The Shooting Show.

As it turned out he also (I say also because this is the second cameraman I've had out with me recently) had very poor conditions to film in. All I can say is that the camera never lies- this is what we've been having to put up with all season.

You can catch the programme (dated 7.1.13, I think) on www.theshootingshow.tv.



  1. Fascinating, I had not realized just how delicate a gralloch could/should be. Enjoyed the glance at your kit too. Almost mild enough on the hill for a chilled drink in the flask these days! Best wishes for 2013, Ian

  2. What a great insight into a day's stalking for those who have never done it before. The film was very well put together and the subject obviously knew a thing or two! Mark

  3. I want Lottie :)

    Happy New Year - great film.


  4. Your prayer has been answered for harder weather but is it too late!!Enjoyed watching the informative film.