Having a friend down from Scotland staying local in his caravan for his annual easter break, we were out last night on our annual outing.
Dick is a very accomplished shot taking 100's of roe in his career.
Well to cut a long story short right on dusk having seen only glimpses of deer we would stalk along the woodland edge to see if anything had emergered.
It had a massive buck (the closest thing I've seen to a medal this time was stood broadside at about 140m's we could get closer so we did after a nice stalk we were about 100m's and now the light was going.
I readied the sticks for a kneeling shot. The buck had fed out a little and was still broadside.
Dick refused them saying he would shoot prone but with no rest.
O.k. I said if you wish.
I crawled out behind his foot so I could "glass" down the side of his rifle.
The buck was still perfect, Dick readied hisself and "BANG" (no mod hence capitals. LOL.)
The buck dipped and ran into the field to stand and bark.... A complete miss by about 4 inch to his right (Good job he was stood that way or it would have been near his back leg).
Dick reloaded but there was no backstop, so the buck kept barking and eventually another big bodied buck (it was to dark now to assess his head) jumped into the field and chased him off!!!
We went to the "strike" and in the bank was Dicks bullet hole.
"Ach" he said "never had a buck like that in my sights, got the fever".
So not posting this for any embarrasment to dick he doesn't visit here, just to say that even very experienced shots under certain circumstances get bucks fever.
What he should have done is calmed down the deer didn't know we were there.
Just thought this might reassure a few newbies to our glourious sport.