Myself and Bandit Country found ourselves at first light at the normal meeting place. Got kit sorted and BC dropped me off and one end of the permission. BC was taking the lower ground.
Made my way into the first field which makes its way uphill towards our boundary and a wild bird seed patch.
First glass showed two fallow prickets out in the bird seed and then another 5 to the right of them.
I wanted to get above them to the boundary so made my way right handed using the wind and got above then onto the plateau. The. They made their way into the cover and off into the wood. Roll on the first as they were all in good condition feeding on the wheat in the fields below.
Then a roe doe jumped the fence and into the cover. So I made my way to an oak tree where I could set up and see if her other half would appear. Got to the tree and sat down on a root, sticks and rifle not set up as I was making myself comfy. Looked left into the cover and a buck was making his way back to the wood towards me. Bugger!!!!
I managed to get the rifle, no chance of getting the sticks!! He was now 20m away, head down, so managed to get rifle up. His head went up offering a front on neck shot freehand. The 30-06 did the rest. Always the same, when you're not quite ready the buggers appear.
So gave him a while and checked him out. Great pre rut condition buck. Fat as a tick.
A nice 6 pointer.