Some years ago a good friend of mine brought me a Buttalo.
I thanked him for the gift and after a few too many Beers and copious amounts of Whiskey I layed it to rest in the bottom of one of my draws.
I'm sad to say it stayed there until desperation hit and on Saturday evening I retreived it from the draw, and dusted it off in the hope that this black rubber and plastic would work a miracle.
I've not had the best start to the Roe Buck seasons in Hampshire which is very unusual and with a general lack of Visible Deer over a 400acres pick your own and livestock farm I decided to give it a go.
Believe it or not apart from the odd picture of this device in the regular Bushwear catalogue that drops through my letter box.. I've not seen the feed back on this site or within magazines.
I gave the device a few test goes at home trying to mimick a Roe and got what sounded a little like a Roe Doe in my view. I arrived at 1900 hrs on the ground and after a short walk around some fields I opted for one of my high seats just over the brow of a hill, over looking a small strip wood with a water course running through the middle.
The seat has been in position here for around 2 years, however despite hearing deer moving through the woods the seat has had limited success.
I climed into the seat with a good vantage point over the surrounding ground, I gave it 30 mins or so for the area to settle after my not so quiet arrival! I then started to use the Buttalo on a limited basis to test and see what happend.
Within 10 minutes I spotted movement from my far left and saw a young Roe Doe running along the barbed wire fence in my direction. She followed the Buttalo tones and came to rest around 10 feet from the base of my high seat! Success but it cant be the Buttalo I thought! How wrong I was.
I watched the young Doe browsing along the hedge row and edge of the wood and she slipped away towards the top end of the farm and the pick your own that would soon be the hampshire version of fast food.
Within a few minutes I tried again.. A single peep and then a few more.. I tried to limit the amount of use and it worked again with a mature Doe coming in from the forestry to my left!
Again she came to me running fast and then skidding to a halt. She wasnt so sure! She steadily and carefully walked the last 50 yards and winded me as she was higher up the hill. With a bark she was gone and the white flash of the Roe's backside was the last I saw of her.
Again I gave this simple device a press and within 3 minutes a young Buck was in front of me.... I watched captivated as he came out of the woodland and I played with the Buttalo to watch his reactions and to learn the varied noises to which he responded.
He was with me for 10 Minutes but I wanted to see if I could tempt a better buck from the woods.
The buck finally headed out and hearing further movement in the woods.. I gave the Buttalo another series of peep's and crashing through the woods and into the clearing came a good buck.
The angle wasnt great but the shot was clear and I squezed the trigger on the .243 sako 75. Over went the Buck and a couple of kicks and it was all over.
The shot unfortunatley ruined the front left leg of the Buck as you can see but none the less the buck was in the bag and heading home for the freezer.
So my view... Without doubt this simple little device costing around £20 worked miracles for me. It's going to stay in my jacket ready for each trip I take and when the time is right I will use it again.
I've talked to my stalking buddies.. none of who'm have a Buttalo and as coincidence would have it another bush wear catalogue came through the door today. There's a picuture of the Buttalo and a pointer to their website were there is some excellent footage of the Buttalo in action.
It brought back the happy memories of a warm sunny stalk on Saturday with the success of a Buck in the freezer.. Happy days!
I cant recomend this little device enough.. at £20 it's worth a gamble.. give it a go.