I shot a roe buck this season with a chronic skin disease and a roe doe this winter with three legs but for sheer 'number of ticks in boxes' I might just have shot the perfect cull buck last week.
I had waited on the edge of a young maize field for about two hours hoping to intercept a yearling roe buck I had seen the night before. As the light was fading and nothing cervine had shown I wandered back to the car. I was just driving around the corner when I saw two roe in a silage field on my right. I turned in to the private drive that heads to two old gate lodges and stalked up the hedge to discover they were both does. Sods law I thought, but as it's a field by a fast, busy road I was going to shoo them off.
However, thank God I waited as at that a decent, mature six point buck chased a smaller looking buck in to view. As the smaller buck slowed he looked a touch lame behind.
I managed to crawl through the longer crop in the headland and get the rifle up on the roe sack prone, the buck had a good back stop in the rise in the field and he was walking to the left towards some trees in the field so a quick whistle made him stop as I squeezed a round off from the 6.5x55. The light was fading but I saw him jump and heard a good solid thump, he ran about ten yards at that reassuring 'lilt' before he collapsed and kicked twice.
Although the other deer soon started feeding again I showed myself to try and discourage them from using that field as I collected the buck.
On the 'points' scale he was:
1. A 'murder buck' with no back tine on his left antler and only small brow tines on both (see pic below)
2. With a nice six pointer (who he could have injured given the above)
3. Slightly lame which was revealed as a fresh lower joint (probably fence) injury
4. In a field that is by a fast road where we have had a number of RTAs over the years
5. In said field that is also quite busy and visible from the road making him a 'poacher magnet' (we suffer mainly from lurcher boys)
So 5 out of 5 but, as his carcass was in good condition on inspection maybe add venison in to make it up to 6/6!