I had the opportunity at some Roe stalking on a friends piece in Dereham last night. So we set off for the 140 mile trip early enough to get there and set up some lightweight seats and get some fish and chips/pint!
We arrived around half five and quickly set too driving ad=round the small farm which is mainly horse livery setting up my seat in a natural crossroads between four five fields. Then onto my friends which we set up against an Oak overlooking two sides to a wood and huge headland on what looked like a diamond shaped rape field that must have been some 50 acres.
After this we had a little drive around to look at the other plantations and headlands. Didn't see any deer, but did see lots of signs in plantations where the Roe had grazed the hell out of the young trees (between the 2-3ft mark). Then we cleared off to the local town for some fish and chips (which incidentally my mate won - i'll tell you how...)
I drive a lot in the course of my work and l think l have a pretty good judgement on distance, anyhow earlier in the afternoon we got off the A14 nr Newmarket, and we looked at the satnav and l said "Fifty five miles to Norwich? That can't be right to Dereham - your satnav cant be right - where the hell is it talking us?" my mate knows l drive a lot of miles but suggested that l was talking poo. So we had a bet that it it was wrong (me) - anyhow it took us almost 20 miles to see a road sign for Norwich and the wager was buying fish and chips - guess who lost
Back to stalking....(and me down by £10's worth of food and a pint)...
We got back to my seat in the truck for 7:30, on our way to the seat we saw a Roe Doe in one of the fields grazing away - so we thought we would definitely see some boys!
I got to my seat and stood gun up, went to the gate that opened into the fields behind and scanned with the bino's across some rough ground - 4 Roe! Two Does near me, and one of each in the field adjacent to where my mate was sat - so i quickly phoned him and said - look to your right l can see a buck - little did l know that the field dropped away some 15ft into a gully - which l could see -but he couldn't...
Anyway l then got into the seat, and within twenty minutes l had two Does in front of me in the plantation l was overlooking, one to the left along the headland, and two to my right happily grazing away....Ten minutes later.........Crack.......my mate shot, all mine scampered, and three further Does came out the barley to my right - all went behind me....No Boys....
By 10:00pm l'd seen best part of 12 Does l think....three foxes...NO BUCKS!!! My mate only saw the one which we bought home with us!
They are out there.... (looking for little smiley that looks like that bloke from X files!)
We left Dereham at 10:40, and got home at 1am....things we do for stalking...!