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Deerstalking

Deerstalking
December 04
08:08 2019

The stalking kit essentials

By Charles Smith-Jones.

IT’S often said artificial flies catch more anglers than they do fish, and when I look at the contents of my own boxes it’s hard to disagree. I suspect many of us are the same regardless of our particular sporting disciplines – seen on the gunshop shelves, kit can often be more attractive than necessary.

Deerstalking is no different and a recent clear-out of my roe sack brought this home as the pile of unused equipment which once seemed so indispensable grew noticeably. Putting aside the essentials of rifle and ammunition, what should we really take with us into the field on our deerstalking forays?

A good pair of binoculars are essential as, no matter how good your eyesight may be, it’s never enough. Decent optics will allow you to pick up deer a long way off, and even help you see into and through cover.

The best advice is not to stint when buying – there is a vast difference between a cheap pair of binoculars which are fine in broad daylight and those which will buy you extra visibility at those crucial times of half-light at dawn and dusk. Very high levels of magnification are unnecessary, but clarity is crucial.

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