Another close-range woodland shot and after having stalked c150 yards away from the vehicle only to return to it and down the beast at probably less than 30 as a group broke cover. Off-hand with a single stick and close enough to make a neck shot seem natural rather than a risk.
Another stalk that suggests purchase of a lightweight stutzen in 6.5x55 might be a good move!
All was looking good on what was a drab morning until I grabbed an antler and pulled only to find not a great deal happened! I'm getting old and knew it by the time I'd lifted the buck into the boot and that was sanse stomach, head and legs.