September 2017 - Deer Stalkers Almanac

This is the best of times, with the deer stalking season proper, soon to get under way and with the thrill of the autumn ruts looming, we are at the very start of the most dramatic and exhilarating months of the deer stalkers year.

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Free Cull days start this October during the height of the Fallow Rut.    

With that in mind, and in order to help you get the most from the upcoming season, I would like to invite you to get involved with an exciting, progressive new development from the Capreolus club.

County Deer Stalking’s official members club “The Capreolus Club” is now offering regular FREE Cull days for Fallow, Roe & Muntjac, and FREE themed Range days. Our themed range days start with the ‘Woodland Stalker’ event. An event that is designed to test members marksmanship over a series of targets presented in a variety of scenarios likely to be encountered by the woodland stalker. This is a great way to hone your marksmanship skills and prepare for the season ahead.

The first of the Free Cull Days will commence during the height of the Fallow rut in October and both the Free Cull & Range days are being held on a beautiful new estate in West Sussex, where the stalking has been reserved exclusively for the use of the Capreolus Club.     

The club is now over 60 strong and thriving. If you’d like to apply to be a part of our friendly and progressive new club, then please feel free to give me a call on: 07789 747709 or email me: peter@capreolusclub.co.uk Alternatively visit the Capreolus Club website to find out more about our free events: capreolusclub

So what is it about the autumn that gets deer stalkers so excited? Personally, as the leaves change colour and the air begins to cool, I feel a stirring in my soul that demands that I get out into the countryside to hunt. Perhaps it is an inbuilt instinct to gather supplies before the onset of winter, or perhaps it is because the lethargy of the hot summer months are over, either way, I must get out stalking. And what a great time to do so, because these autumnal feelings coincide with an awakening in many deer species. It is the males that are in season, Sika stags are the first, with the Red Stag and Fallow Buck soon to follow suit in ‘breaking out’ from their single sex herds, in a boisterous display of ‘groaning’, ‘roaring and ‘whistling’ and testosterone fuelled battles, all designed to demonstrate strength and condition and establish each animals presence in the mating hierarchy.

No doubt, autumn is a thrilling time of year to be hunting, not only are the woods full of activity, but the trees themselves explode into brilliant, fiery, reds and golds. The air is fresh but for the hint of wood smoke from a thousand fireplaces, and the shadows lengthen. The combined effect is spellbinding and one not to be missed. If you’d like to get out, then those details again: Peter Jones on: 07789 747709 or by email: peter@capreolusclub.co.uk

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Finally for our film this month, it is with great pleasure that I am able to present you with some of the most enchanting footage we have ever captured. Please follow this link to view the film: Short Films

Editorpic150IN Season in England & Wales:  Roebuck, Fallow Buck, Red & Sika Stag, Muntjac Buck & Muntjac Doe.

OFF Season in England & Wales: Roe Doe, Fallow Doe, Sika Hind, Red Hind, CWD Buck & CWD Doe. 

IN Season in Scotland: Roebuck, Red Stag, Sika Stag, Fallow Buck.

OFF Season in Scotland: Roe Doe, Fallow Doe, Sika Hind, Red Hind.

(Peter Jones - Editor

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