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About scraggoak

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  1. scraggoak

    Novice question

    The reason guides like to take novice stalkers out is the look on their faces when they shoot there first deer, its priceless.
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    Last 2 Fallow For This Season

    Well done the pair of you, great when a plan comes together, Cheers Geoff
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    Agri Registering A Quad

    https://www.thestalkingdirectory.co.uk/showthread.php/17061-Registering-a-Quad-for-Agricultural-use-on-a-Q-Plate This is how to go about it, cheers Geoff
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    Lost My Appeal

    Hi Stuartpengs. What a well written post, you are obviously Very careful with you ammunition which is as it should be, unfortunately there are others who are not so careful and i can assure you that ammunition is often stored in glove boxes, ash trays, under seats and in all manner of places, its not right but it does happen. these are the people that will not report stolen ammunition, the point that you make about about someone you know loosing his ticket for leaving two cartridges in his car is hard to believe as unlike section five ammunition there is no law regarding safe storage of shotgun cartridges or the need to report them as stolen.
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    Lost My Appeal

    Hi Owen I think the point you make about people not reporting the loss of ammunition is a valid one, any stalker who has followed this thread will think twice before reporting lost ammunition, having watched the proceedings i like you believe the judge had made his mind up before any evidence was given he was without doubt in a rush to get away. you have an open invitation to hunt the elusive sussex fallow anytime you fancy and the little dog won't be a problem. if you can can arrange an outing with Rich at the same all the better, ti might be a good idea to let the members on the stalking directory know the outcome. keep you chin up regards Geoff
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    Third Stalk With My Mate.

    Hi Owen Good to see you are out and about. and knocking a few over, No sign of the rut in fact i have only seen two roe since i have been here. Cheers Geoff
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    First Time On New Ground

    Well done Owen, Glad you are getting out, weather here hot and sunny, Cheers Geoff
  8. scraggoak

    Changes To French Gun Laws

    I Spend time in the Correze and frequently carry firearms, when i arrive at Dover i drive strait to the customs office and declare that i am carrying firearms, they check the the guns against my EFP, once the check is over they stick a label on the windscreen and also inform the ferry company that i am on my way, at the terminal i hand over my passport reservation details and a declaration of firearms carried with amounts of ammunition, this form is one that i copied from a previous trip. the ferry company sticks a code 100 label on my screen and after i have parked up on the ferry the deck hand takes my keys and gives them back when you disembark. I have a Permis de chasse and shoot with my local group, we can shoot small animals alone, but big animals are shot as a group eg Deer, Boar, mouflon, you cannot shoot these animals as an individual hunter even on your own land. The law has changed regarding military calibres and a 308. 30-06 can now be used for hunting. interestingly as i am a visitor not resident in france i am able to obtain my permis de chasse by taking my english firearms licence and my european firearms pass plus a translation of my BASC insurance to the federation and they issued me with a licence i think it is about 150 euro's i then have to pay a further 46 euro's to my local group. dont worry about the language mine is awful but i seem to get by ok everybody shakes my hand and makes me welcome. Cheers Geoff
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    Black Powder

    Hi I shoot a .45 cal replica Hawkins Plains rifle and find it accurate out to around 120 yards using using a .44 lead ball and patch lubricated using Nivea hand cream as it is less prone to viscosity changes than other lubes. i can usually hit a six inch circle at 100 yards and would be happy to take boiler room shots on say Fallow out to around eighty yards, and it would have plenty of knock down power at that range, I know there is a black powder season in the usa but i think you would struggle to legally use it in the uk, Cheers Geoff
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    No Rifles But Still Stalking

    Hi Owen, i am very pleased to see you out and about again, went to the range on sunday with the new custom rifle from Paddy Dayne, i tried the ppu ammo you gave me and they grouped at around 3/4 inch so ideal for client use, i then tried some 100gn home loads and they grouped at 1/2 inch, so the 1 in 8 twist barrel stabilizes them well, I think the rifle will perform far better than the old boy behind it. keep knocking them over, cheers Geoff
  11. A Weekend with Mr Clumsy Friday morning saw me loading the car for a weekend with Owen aka the Stalker With Guns, fishing gear, the dog, the wife, on board we headed west to Somerset arriving around 2pm. We sat for a hour chatting then Owen served up a lovely shepherds pie and baked cauliflower. At 5.30 pm we made our way to one of his permissions and I had the pleasure of sitting in Owens new High seat, I climbed up and made myself comfortable and I must say it was a real pleasure to sit on my own and watch the world go by. I spotted two Roe in the distance then my attention was drawn to a pair of long tailed tits in the hedgerow below me. The silence was broken when the radio cracked into life and it was Owen reporting that three Roe were making their way towards me and to be ready, I waited in anticipation but they did not show. As the sun began to set casting long shadows across the fields a Hare popped out of the woods and made its way towards me. Pheasants were going up to roost and it began to get dark, Owen came on the radio and asked if I had seen any deer to which I said no so he said he would Pick me up in ten minutes, I had just put the radio back in my pocket when a Roe walked slowly up the field to my left, I needed the binoculars to make sure it was a Buck, I slowly lifted the rifle Into position and gave a little grunt the Buck stopped and looked towards me at a distance of 50yds I took aim and sent a 150gn soft point into his boiler room and to my surprise he ran off and vanished into the woods, no sound of a strike no reaction to shot, My first thoughts were this is going to be embarrassing, then I wonder if I had hit an overhanging branch, then I thought no I could not have missed him from 50 yards. Just then Owen arrived we loaded the gear into his truck and went to look for the buck And found him about 120 yards from where I shot him, the bullet placement was good And had taken out both lungs but still he had run off as if nothing was wrong, You can read about the rest of the weekends activity in Owens write up so I will not repeat it. Thanks Owen for your hospitality we both had a great weekend such a shame it ended as it did, we look forward to your visit here in Sussex some time before Christmas.
  12. scraggoak

    New High Seat

    Hi Owen the seat looks very well made, don't shoot too many before i get there cheers Geoff
  13. scraggoak

    Roe Buck Sorting Out His Territory.

    Hi Owen good to see you have plenty on your land, thanks for ringing, will catch up soon, cheers Geoff
  14. scraggoak

    Well Done Ali

    Hi foxdropper i cant say i have seen any signs of the shedding as yet, cheers Geoff
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    Well Done Ali

    Yesterday i had the pleasure to accompany Ali for the last stalk of the season. With the Fallow does heavily pregnant we have decided to end our season and give them some peace and quiet, Robin had received a call from one of our landowners to say that a group of fallow have been visiting one of their fields on a regular basis so we decided to arrive early and instead of walking straight to the highseat approach it from the woodland behind the seat so as not to make them aware of our presence. We sat for some time talking very quietly and it was not long before a fallow doe trotted out to the middle of the field and started to feed, we watched it for some time hoping a pricket would show. The next animal to arrive was a nice mature buck it started feeding some 180 yards away then it walked towards the highseat and stood at around 70 yards scenting the air, although we had the wind in our favour it must have sensed something was wrong as it started trotting towards the woods to our left, i told Ali to be ready and just as it reached the edge of the field i gave a blast of the butello. The buck stopped looked in our direction and Ali took the shot, i could see the shot was good but the animal rushed into the woods and we could hear it thrashing around then all went quiet, we gave it ten minutes and found it just inside the wood we checked to make sure it was dead. Ali could hardly contain herself she was so excited, a fitting end to very successful season and a nice trophy for her to hang on the wall. Cheers Geoff