Countrymans Diary

In from the cold


Part two.

Ever since I went out after that roe buck,In part 1, :Here. I could not stop  thinking about hunting and deer stalking in particular. But there was so many things which I wasn’t sure about and didn’t know.

The first obstacle was of course it to get the FAC and shotgun certificate. Luckily for me by that time I already had Permanent residency and it was only meter of time before I got my first rifle in .22lr calibre.

By then my good friend (Sean W. the owner of the Hunting Lodge :Here.) let me on all the land he had permission to shoot, so I  had plenty of land to practise on.

At the same time Sean was mentoring me in deer stalking and helping me to prepare for my first out of many courses DSC level 1.

Then I wanted to sort out my DSC level 2, Humane Dispatch at RTA, Safe use of firearms and the most Iam proud of Range Conducting Officer (with NRA).

Six months later I’ve applied for my deer legal rifle in .243 win and few weeks after I got FAC back I’ve passed the DSC1. As I am not wealthy Russian oil billionaire but just a farmer I’ve asked Sean to come up with the cheapest possible set up there is. And what do you know, after a few weeks he called me in…
“Alex, your set up is ready for collection.”
That day I’ve actually taken the rest of the day OFF.
It was beautiful: the rifle Savage Edge, ASE ultra moderator and basic 8×56 Hawke IR scope.

Now that was the best rifle I ever had and to be honest it still is!
I got sucked in, was introduced to many people and people got to know me.

The fact that I was Russian helped obviously! Slowly but surly I found myself in situation where I have run out of space in the gun cabinets, there was a point when I could remember how many firearms i had without looking in the cabinets or on my FAC.

Seven years on I have only three calibers I actually need: .17hmr .243win and .308win plus .410, 16G hummergun and 12G semi-auto.
At the moment I am out stalking/shooting 2-3 times per week and enjoying every bit of it. I do believe that I can be used as example of the fact that it is all possible.

I came to the UK and could not say a word in English, and now…

Well I’ll keep telling you bit by bit!


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