Andrew Astill

Autumn is well on its way
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Autumn is well on its way

September and the nights a drawing in so Autumn is well on its way. This time of year all the colours from green to reds and yellows everything is getting ready for winter. As for me I've been doing what I enjoy the most being outside as much as possible. Although I'm not doing many Beginners Days in Deer Management courses this year, I have done two this month. But one lucky novice stalker came to cull a pricket and learn how to gut, inspect and skin a carcass. Got more than he bargained for as there was an injured...
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August 2017, funny old month for me
August 2017, has been a funny old month for me as most of it has been spent with my family. Either on holiday camping or up the farm with my daughter and my new pup. But I still had to work a bit, apparently we have bills and majority of it has been deer shooing.   Being this time of year the red stags are in season and I start my culls for two local parks and a farmer who has some wild ones pass through. Had a one really tough stag to cull that had an injury to its...
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As We Roll Into May
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As We Roll Into May

As we roll into May I get quiet with work, which gives me time to catch up with friends and family. Every year my good friend Neil and I usually go for a jolly up to Scotland roe Stalking, unfortunately due to his work a day of play was all we could get. So I organised a day on a local estate to spend the day hunting. Starting before 6 am to try for a Muntjac as Neil had never shot one. It was a really windy day and picking our spot was tricky, however within an hour we managed...
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Into March and I've just been doing my own thing
Into March and I've just been doing my own thing. My land in the Borders has had extensive deforestation over the past 24 months. I have always a good relationship with the forestry company and have been tasked with not Deer Stalking, but deer control. With a small syndicate compiling of close friends we have been attending the ground more regularly than usual. Along with an out of season licence granted by SNH we are able to take any buck or juvenile under 12 month old. This has increased our cull figures significantly. I took a stunning mature buck in...
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