Just thought I'd share a few weekend exploits, and a few first for me and the dog.
My little Teckel now nearly 16months old, untill this weekend had yet to get a deer shot over him.
The weekend saw myself and toad in our syndicate ground, with the dog by my side.
I stalked a small ride, which eventually leads to a massive clearing, and the dog gave the 1000yrd stare, as Toad rightly said I'll have to read the dog when he tells me there a deer close by or far away, and it's still a learning curve.
But he definitely winded something, nose in the air but absolutely dead still.
A few steps forward and I saw a buck making his way to the trees, some 200yrds to my left, this could have been what he winded, but he just vanished.
I backtracked, and made my way around another ride, which leads to the same clearing, but now you're able to look back at where you once were.
In the space of 10-15minutes when I eventually got the spot and now looking back saw a doe feeding, in the exact same spot the dog and I were walking and observing the buck!
Right in front is a small mound and I made my way to the top to observe a nice 360 arc of view, all the while I was looking at the doe.
The dog started to whimper, and I thought he was being impatient, me still looking at the doe,
A few minutes passed and he's really whimpering, not loud, but loud enough for me to notice, and his tails going and he's fixated on something in front.
Then I spot two heads lying in the tall reeds, a doe and a buck.
They both get up, a the dog is now totally beast mode, locked on and shaking they dart off and disappear, I'm left think, you ****, then a few minutes later they appear some 150yrds away.
The both eventually continue to move, and I cant get a shot, until the buck stops in a clear fell, I'm pinging away with the range finder, and pull of the longest shot of my stalking career to date.
Off the sticks and the buck drops dead instantly.
We get close to where I think he is and let the dog off, and he finds the buck no problem, with the rudimental shake of the neck and bite of the arse, were both ecstatic.
A first for the dog and myself, and I couldn't be happier.
The following evening, saw me make a plan to sit and wait on another clear fell area, the dog again immediately giving a strong sign deer close by.
We both sit and wait on a stump, all the while the dog's whimpering, and foolishly I think he's being impatient again.
Sit him on my lap, and he's still whimpering.
Were sat there for 30minutes when he stops and starts to stare again, and shure enough I see a glimpse of an arse, and then there she is, another doe.
I'm convinced she was in the clear fell all along, while the dogs telling me there something there, another lesson learnt.
For the weekend tally both myself and toad end up with a brace of bucks each, the dog gets his first deer shot over him, and manages to find both fallen deer, going over the clear fell like a ferret.
I couldn't be happier in all honestly, and the shot was rather of a bonus.