Took the day off work yesterday and drove down to East Sussex as I was spending the day with Ugly deer stalking. After getting mobbed by his gun dogs we had a few brews and he talked me through the theory of stalking then had a look at his rifle collection. Very impressive, it included a couple of antique bolt actions, one over 100 years old with an optic sight that quite possibly was used in the two world wars. Venison sausages and chips for lunch dutifully made for us by his wife and then off to some woodland where ugly keeps his pheasants to do some zeroing and a dummy stalk (if the cut-outs stayed up). My first time firing a bolt action bigger than .22 and with a couple of clicks was zero'd in with a 2 inch group. Good enough considering I hadn't fired anything in over 4 years. Then it was across to West Sussex for the stalk. 80 acres of woodland on a slope leading down to a river. 4 hours on the move and we didn't get to cover it all by the time is was too dark to shoot. Sassy, Ugly's gun dog, was finding scents all over the place and we were closing in on the deer. With their heads bobbing above the growth at dusk we closed in, with a few warning barks they made for the river. Bursting out of the foliage, safety was off and up into the shoulder. Although a shot wasn't taken as it was soon realised that they group of about a dozen were all doe's; including one that was pure white. A cracking day out and if anyone is interested in an accompanied stalk I'll definitely drop Ugly a line. Worth the diesel even without a kill but that changes on the 31st Oct when the doe's come into season. I'll definitely be going back.