Byron accompanies professional stalker Steve Gray in the Scottish borders where keeping deer damage to a minimum on a new plantation is paramount. It’s a challenge to get the vulnerable tree restock established, with a high level of deer migration meaning there’s an ever-present threat — but the latest kit and an out-of-season licence helps Steve keep on top of the situation. Heading out at daybreak, Steve faces a tense stalk for two does and a buck, and we get it all on camera.
We’re also in Moray for a visit to the Stalking School to get our technique assessed and fine-tuned. This week schoolmaster Andy Chadderton gives us a lesson on shooting positions — with bi sticks, quad sticks and seated. It’s your chance to pick up some tips and make sure your poor technique isn’t costing you the chance of a shot — don’t miss it.