This weekend I had a return invite by Jon (Rick o Shea) he had been up to me and eventually we had managed to shoot an old Muntjac buck.
Jon had invited me down to Stalk Saturday night/Sunday morning.
I thought I would make a weekend of it and call at a new patch of ground I have in the Cotswolds on the way.
So i left home at 4.00am and down the M5 to my ground.
Within minutes of arriving I had a nice 6 pointer in a little hay field and after a couple of hours stalking which I saw a couple of younger 6 pointers I got back to the field oppisite where I started.
I could see two young bucks grazing out in the morning sun. I stalked onto them and accessed them the right hand one had a small but nice 6 point in velvet and the other had a mishaped left antler so he was my target.
I evenually got within 100 yards and took a shot off the sticks, great start to the weekend. (Sorry about the photo quality I had it set on macro)
I then drove on down to Somerst and met up with Jon and after a nice bacon sarnie we set off to Dorset.
I took advantage of being close to a stalker/taxidermist friend of mine and dropped off some taxidermy and dropping my two Roe in his chiller.
We then drove to the sportsman for a "mooch" and some dinner before heading off to Jons permission.
Unfortunately the weather wasnt kind to us and it started raining and not a lot was moving. I could see Jon was dissapointed but you cant do nowt about the weather
Sunday morning we were up on the Somerset levels, again the weather wasnt great but our luck had changed.
As soon as we arrived we saw three young cull bucks all feeding withing a few yards of each other, after a short approach I managed to shoot all three off the bipod at about 150 yards.
We carried on our stalk and spotted another buck lay up in a rape field and after a cracking stalk i was looking at him off the sticks at about 20 yards, I gave him a little whistle and he stood up and gave me a perfect broadside shot.
A continued on and found a buck and two does lay behind a hedge this time despite my best efforts I could not get the buck to stand although the does were fixed on the strange whistles, squeaks and coughs coming form my direction
Eventually we decided on the Sh*t or bust method of stalking as I got Jon to step out from behind the hedge i covered the buck ready for the shot. The buck was a up and shot through the hedge like a rocket , I ran back through the gate and dived onto a mound of dirt and and got on the bipod a bit quick, the three deer ran out to about 170 yards and as they do stopped to look back, the buck was stood perfect broadside.
We called it a day as the rain came in harder as we loaded the deer and had a photo session We headed back to Jons for a cracking breakie and then back up the M5 to home.
Cheers Jon for a cracking weeknd and thanks to you lovely family for looking after me. I'll look foward to you coming back up again how I can repay the kindness.