Went out for a look on a piece of ground 5 mins down the road to see if I could catch up with a buck.
Got into the wood and made my round the far end where a high seat is in place, didn't bother sitting in the high seat. Just thought I would have a walk around instead.
Made my way along the track, bumped a doe from a patch of laurel. She cut back through and stopped to have a look back. She looked in great nick and she also looked very plump, so hopefully a next generation on the way. She made her way back to some other cover.
Stalked to a small clearing where the deer tend to hang around.There are 2 hazel trees that they tend to mark around, waited 20 mins but nothing showing.
Moved along the old track back out towards a gateway and out into the field, stalked along the fence to a brow in the field which overlooks the bottom corner of the wood/field.
Made myself comfortable on the fence line in a prone postion on one of poppins' yule type sacks( keep the evening damp out a treat! ), just about got myself settled for the last hour and a half of light when charlie popped out about 60m down the fence. He looked up and then made his way out into the field about 15m, gave him a squeak, enough to stop him broadside. Bang. 100gr core loc did the trick in the boiler room. Went to retrieve him and put him in some cover in the wood margin.
Waited another 30-40 mins when I noticed a shape about 250m to my right along the headland, bins up and another great looking doe in good shape, more to the population by the looks of her.
I was watching her for about 20mins when all of a sudden I heard a crack in the undergrowth to my left on the other side of the fence, I slowly turned my head as much as I could and bugger me, not 7ft away was a nice 6 pointer. We had a staring out competition for about 5mins. He the proceeded to stamp his foot and walk towards the fence at an angle so now he was 15ft down the fence in front of me but still inside the wood.
The rifle was pointing in the right direction if he should pop over the fence but he stayed inside the fence stampimg his feet all the time. I could actually feel the stamping through my body as I lay there daring not to breathe.
This went on for more than 20mins, then i thought he had moved to my rear as I heard another stamp there but then there was another to the front from the first buck. So whether I was in a territorial boundary I don't know.
The first buck then barked and bounded off down through the wood still barking.
So I left them to it as the light was going, nice to see a few deer on the ground and have yet another first while out stalking these beautiful creatures we have in our countryside.