Had a crap week so decided to get out for a few hours Friday, glorious evening & luckily spotted a lovely Roe doe after 5 minutes about 150 yards away. She was standing just out from the edge of the woodland feeding in the margin, bathed in sunlight without a care in the world, gorgeous russet coloured coat, a truly lovely sight.
After a few minutes moved on passed her & glassed a further three fields & then spotted a young Roe buck feeding in some long grass alongside a hedgerow. I was out with the dogs last week for a wander & spotted 3 prickets in the same area & had then decided a couple needed to go.
As I was some 250 yards away I decided to get in closer, I’m on a track that runs alongside the fields with not much cover so it was a case of bend over double & move slowly towards him. By the time I was 100 yards away I was absolutely cream crackered, sweat was pouring off my brow & down my back & my legs & thighs were burning with the effort (note to self: must cut down the cigars & IPA Smooth)!
I opened up the sticks but then decided I would be too visible so left them on the track & moved forward again. I got within 60 yards & decided a low barbed wire fence post was a good bet for a rest, unfortunately long grass was between me & the pricket so I had to move again a few yards all the time bent double so he wouldn’t spot me. He was still feeding away oblivious to my presence until I reached a clear part of the fence line & then he saw movement, he looked up but wasn’t unduly bothered so I steadied my breathing (read panting) & shot him through the neck, he dropped, kicked two or three times & was still.
Crossed the fence, walked up & checked the eye for life, it flickered so I despatched him with my knife & walked back to fetch the truck, loaded him up & drove back to where I usually perform the grollach (near a muck heap so a good place for disposal). Stopped at the pub on the way to the chiller for the obligatory pint forgetting all about the note to self: must cut down on the beer!