close but no cigar
by, 30-04-2014 at 23:36 (2284 Views)
Barry has been too good to me. He took me out again tonight, last day for the fallow bucks.
After recent frustrations with stalks we tried a new approach on some different land. This land has been covered by trail cams so Barry was pretty sure he knew where they would come out.
We parked up the truck over looking the likely spot and sat it out
We saw some hares prancing about, which was great to see closer up and at one point as the light faded I saw movement which turned out to be a labrador, thankfully a way away from where we were shooting.
Then a bit later with the sun down something moved to our right, low and behold, three fallow were moving across the field.
Adrenaline kicks in, out I slide, fleece off, Down to a t-shirt (it was quite cold) crawling around in the nettles trying to settle in for a shooting position. Barry was a tad more composed and got me a replacement fleece and a scarf to cover my bounce!
Anyhow the fallow has dissapeared into a dip in the field and as the light went away so did my chances...then suddenly I caught sight of movement to my left, low and behold another fallow had exited the wood and was feeding under the tree by the trail cam.
Safety off, cross hairs lined up, I was a whisper, a heartbeat a squeeze away, I could do it there and then, but alas I couldn't identify it. I couldn't tell if it was a buck, with no antlers and nothing clear down below and light well and truly gone, the safety was replaced and the chance was gone.
Thanks again to Barry for getting me in the right place, helping me out and teaching me a lot even in the short time I have known him. Also thanks to Phil who has given up his time to take me out.
If you are reading this and are around herefordshire/monmouthshire way and are new to stalking and want to gain some experience, contact Barry (Elmer Fudd) you won't regret it. Top bloke.