Have had a busy week so far - did my DSC 1 Tues and Weds (luckily passed!). This morning was picked up at 0515 to have a go at my first Roe buck. 20 minutes later we spot a group of 4 Roe with a buck present(when I say we I mean Tom, my guide, pinged the deer first!). We managed to move quietly down to a fenceline just before a water filled ditch and set up the sticks. Last time I had a deer in my sights I made an a**e of the shot(as KevinF will attest to) and completely missed. Have had a bit of tuition since and everything came together. Found my aiming point, squeezed the trigger, heard the strike and watched the buck run about 15 metres before he keeled over. Looked at my watch and it was 0620. We went up and checked the buck after a short wait and found him stone dead. Tom supervised me through the gralloch and i did all my checks as per the DSC.
I've now removed the top of the bucks skull and cleaned it all off - not a trophy but brilliant for me nonetheless. Great way to start the day!
All the best