Every outing with the rifle contains both a lesson and a reward. The rifle is just part of the hunter’s wider toolkit; Binoculars, Nature Cameras and a fungi guide provide a way to deepen the experience and to ensure that you never return home empty handed, Charlie Portlock explains.
As the last of the apples and chestnuts fall from the trees we can feel a hint of winter. Ground frost and bright, fresh mornings herald the slowly changing season and as the leaf litter grows underfoot, it is a great time to be out in the field.There’s plenty of adrenaline to be found in creeping to within 50 yards of one of Britain’s largest mammals.
It’s been exciting to wake and step outside to hear the belching call of fallow bucks echoing in the pre-dawn. I have stalked this sound deep into the woods to their rutting stands and secluded sanctuaries armed only with a pair of cast antlers (for rattling to attract male deer), a Nature Camera and my best impression of a rutting buck.
There’s plenty of adrenaline to be found in creeping to within 50 yards of one of Britain’s largest mammals and spending an hour just sitting and watching the rut unobserved is a thrilling experience.
The Nature Camera that I’ve set up at key points have yielded some great footage of deer activity and have helped me to begin to understand the social structure of the herd...great way to encourage children to engage with the natural world.