Well after a pretty restless night, afraid of over sleeping , and arising at 02:00 was on the road heading for the Humber Bridge and Yorkshire at 03:00 arriving at Robbos at 04:50 and even remembered the way I had visions of having to phone him and getting directions .
Anyway we loaded up and we off out to search for a Cull for me. Things didn't quite work out that was as we were just not seeing them. It took us three palces to finally spot any deer. The biting wind and the high grey cloud was keeping them well tucked up in cover. Robbo spotted a Doe then another but they were right on the edge of a farmyard so not shootable even if they had a Buck with them, which they did as we later discovered. So after watching them for a while we moved on to the next hedgerow and glassed again the ground now visable and Robbo spots a nice 6 pt but he is 350 yards away and walking away from us.
Still early so we turned right along the hedgerow and followed it up to the next bit and again glassed. Suddenly a Buck appeared out of the hedgerow to our right about 230 yards away and walked towards us a bit then stopped to service his scrape and fray the branches. Boy did he kick some muck up he was really going for it and full of himself. A nice mature 6 pt, not massive but nice but out of my mearge budget so we just watched him do it again a bit further and getting closer.
So a debate began as I asked the cost involved in taking this one. I had booked the day but Robbo said if I wanted to take this one and cancel this evening it is fine by me. I know I'll see you again and as shooting this 6 pt will clean out your budget so what will you shoot this evening? good point!
Well Robbo had put the sticks up and I was watching him through the scope and after a debate in my head I took the shot, a bit late, at 125 yards . I say a bit late as just as the trigger broke he decided to turn and walk closer so the bullet entered raking backwards and burst the diaphram and destroyed the liver. Robbo has it on film and if he posts it would will see what I mean however he made it all of 12 feet and crashed. Time 07:30. On the way back to the truck the does had been joined by a couple of yearling does and a 4 pt in velvet .
A couple of firsts for me involved here. This was my first 6 pointer (4 pt beign the biggest before) and my first time using the factory Federal Fusion 150 grain in .270 Winchester. Rifle was my 59 vintage BSA Majestic Featherweight Deluxe with a 3-9x42 Lisenfeld set on 6x. Photos will follow once I can get them lifted onto disc so I can post them. My Olympus is old and the software will not work with any OS newer than Win 2000 and my old card reader had given up the ghost .
Time now to save up for the next outing.