This rather pales in comparison to 1894's awesome Alpine post, nevertheless, a few photos from my pre-Christmas hind culling trip in Scotland (please excuse the face blanking…I’m shy!). A foul day, rain and wind gusting upto 60mph; my hunting partner having just pulled off one of the best shots I have seen. I had shot a hind at 210m, with about quarter wind. Its calf ran in a great loop to put itself full wind at around 250m. Instinctive timing and hold off for wind delivered a one-shot drop. Rifle is one put together by Precision Rifle Services of Scotland and kindly loaned for the trip. 300WSM, Swarovski 8x50, Talley mounts, Nesika made action (branded as PRS) McMillan stock and (I believe) Krieger barrel. Great little rifle! Another view of the rifle.. It doesn’t always rain in Scotland! Your correspondent having a quick cup of tea. Given the positioning of the beast in this photo I think this view is suitable for a caption competition. 5,000,000 grains of granite at 1 metre? After this photo was taken, took a few plinking shots at 540m rock at a 25 degree down angle. Had to take off 6 clicks to account for the slope. By locking ‘slope’ into my mind, this set me up well for my most pleasing shot of the trip;a long crawl followed by a 252m beast around 30 degrees downhill with a full value 15mph crosswind…..not desperately long, but pleasing to put all the pieces together to land the shot absolutely plum. Did I say it doesn’t always rain in Scotland? Actually it does /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif. Most of the time we couldn’t have got wetter if we’d been for a swim! The beloved AW: Happy New Year to all!