Good morning everyone,
Just a quick write up on my trip to west Sussex with Sikamalc. On Wednesday I headed down to Malcolm's place in west Sussex and was greeted by Malcolm with a nice cup of tea and a good slice or two of Malcolms other halfs homemade bread pudding! after having a good catch up it was off to the pub for a nice meal and a few drinks. Looking forward to the first stalk at 04:30 in the morning we retired at a half reasonable hour. 04:30 came and Malcolm poked his head out the bothy door to a rather wet miserable morning (I seem to bring the weather with me wherever I go).. Anyway a mutual decision was made of sod this and back to bed (at this point I would like to point out they were separate beds).
The first morning's stalk came and we headed out at 07:30am and the weather had improved somewhat but still cold and windy. At around 09:30 we headed into a field and just around the corner of a hedge line and spotted a single doe with Malc informing me the fawn would be close by as she kept looking back into the tree line and after a few minutes headed back that way. The decision was made to proceed into the next field and there in front of us was what we thought were two does and one being very small and possibly a late fawn from last year. This ended up on closer inspection being a small buck, with little knobbers still covered in velvet, body wise was very thin with ribs clearly visible. Malcolm gave the ok to shoot at around 85 yards dropped on the spot. Back to the bothy for a lovely breakfast and a few hours sleep.
The evening stalk was upon us and we were joined by Chris from oxford and Malcs other guide Tom. Tom had the pleasure of taking me out for the evening and a cold windy evening it was and unfortunately blanked but still had a good craic with Tom. The following morning I was once again out with tom stalking whilst Malcolm guided for Gino. We stalked in some lovely woodland with slots everywhere but again blanking on the deer front but managed a long range fox which I later ranged at 10 yards!
My final stalk with Tom and we wondered around woodland and open fields on a warm evening and a mild wind. we saw a few Roe does and walked on until what was getting near last light on a large field tom spotted a roe grazing on the edge of a field. As we approached we lost sight of the roe and it was too far to identify. Walking slowly along the field edge to where it was last seen we spotted a roe in the middle of the field and it was a buck! I slowly got on my sticks and Tom estimated the distance at around 150. Shot was true and down he went albeit ran on 30 yards or so.
Final thanks to Malcolm and Tom cracking company, top hospitality, brilliant ground and a fantastic buck!