I had a bit of an accident this weekend while stalking; guess I was quite lucky in the end.
I went to one of my blocks with my brother, it holds some good roe bucks, and we stalked Friday without luck we only found does. We turned in at about 11:00pm as it does not get dark until after 10 pm. We were camping in the forest on our block that night it turn a good bit colder than I had expected, in fact I couldn’t sleep because of the cold and at about 2:00am I got up and put some extra layers on before getting off to sleep. Two hours latter the alarm was going off I dragged myself out of my sleeping bag and got a brew on looking on top of the tent it had a layer of frost on it no wonder I was cold.
Camp, my brother and my dog.
For the first couple of hours I could only find more does and one red hind, I was stalking back to camp when my GWP went on point hummm I couldn’t see anything I glassed and glassed, maybe it was in the trees, she does not know how to tell lies (false point). My usual technique in these cases is to stop and wait and watch for about 20 minutes and see what happens. Sure enough after a few minutes out of a fold in the ground appeared a young roe buck. I checked the range 243 yards, the ground between us was open with no cover, I could of moved when his head was down but thought no he is in range for a shot off the bipod. I checked the wind almost bang on 12 o’clock and no need to compensate for drop with my 243 magnum it would only have drop a 1” at that range. Cross hairs just behind the front leg, bang!! the buck jumped up in the air like a shot rabbit did about 5 yards then dropped. I watched and waited a few minutes before I when to the animal.
Once there I went to I rolled him on his back and knelt beside him, I then went to stick him so he would bleed out, the knife seemed reluctant to penetrate his skin at first, I just gave it a big stab but the knife hit his breast bone and stuck in my left knee, Oh ****!!! I pulled it out. OK now what, I did not feel in much pain but could feel the wetness running down my leg. I though right get this deer done and sort myself out after. I quickly field dressed the deer, when I stood up the pain in my knee hit me. I dropped my trousers to look at the damage; I could see a puncher wound about ˝” long. My knife is quite thin at the point as I have ground the back down to make it easier for when I dress out roe anuses. The blood was running down my leg quite freely, I got a field dressing that I carry in my pack, it has been in there for years and I guess I thought I would never need it I used it to dressed the wound. I tried to ring my brother on my mobile he answered his phone, I was grateful it was him as I have a bit of a standing joke with him about his phone being on while we are stalking. I asked him to meet me on the forest track in his 4X4 after explaining to him what had happened. I managed to drag the roe and myself to the track my bro’ turn up just as I made the track. He had a first aid kit in his motor, I cleaned the wound with antiseptic wipes and put a new dressing on. He wanted to take me to the hospital but I refused as the bleeding had about stopped. After going back to camp we had a drink and some thing to eat I spent the rest of the day on my camp bed as walking was difficult. That night I made it out for a evening stalk/high seat sit by now the pain had eased a bit and I managed another buck.
We got home early hours this morning I am off to the doctors in the morning to get it checked out and a tetanus jab, it has got better as the day has gone on so hopefully it will all be OK.
In reflection, I guess I was very tied and a momentary loss of concentration bit of frustration was all it took, I could of so easily put it though my femoral artery and were we were nobody would of got to me in time.
Be care full out there guys, hunting roe bucks can be very exhausting with the early get ups and late to beds, it is easy to make a simple mistake while tried.