Out for the 1st morning on the roe bucks this morning. Having seen 5+ bucks when we're were out squirrel shooting on Tuesday I'd put up my portable high seat facing a small mature conifer plantation.
After an hour or so in the seat a buck appeared to my left. Initially I thought he was just being cautious as he stepped out in to the field but his behaviour didn't change. As he turned broadside his left eye looked strange, almost as though he'd lost it and had closed over. He was still acting strangely, shaking his head and walking stiffly. Although he was a 6 pointer I decided that he was a good one to cull. He'd dropped nicely to the shot and one getting to him I'm glad I did decide to take him.
It looks like an puncture wound below and just forward of the eye has ended with a significant infection and abscess . He was dirty behind and had lost a bit of condition but all looked ok with gralloch. Glad he's not suffering any more.