After recently seeing a couple of fallow prickets on one of my perms i decided to try my luck for them and have a relaxing evening sat in the highseat.
As i approached the farm something in my head was telling me not to go there and go to a different farm a few miles away which was very strange as i havent seen a deer there for ages well apart from the odd fallow doe with her young.
I parked up and went to open the door and again thougt to myself i shouldnt be here i need to go to another area [weird] so i thought what the hell just go with it and i duly arrived at farm b and parked up.
Kit sorted i started the four field walk to the highseat that overlooked a small field of pasture that was sown the end of last summer all the time thinking what on earth am i doing here with no deer showing when i know there are deer at farm A.
Climbing into the highseat i made myself comfortable loaded the rifle and sat watching a couple of pheasants going about there buisness and an early barn owl swoop down from his unseen vantage point and bag himself a mouse, well at least one of us had got lucky.
After the obligatory ten minutes to let things settle down i picked up the binnos for the first scan and imediately spotted something by the fence it was a very young fallow buck with its leg caught up in some stock fencing.
Decision do i shoot it and put it out of its misery and distress or do i try to free it and let him take his chances i decided on the latter and decended the ladder and walked the 150 yards to the distressed animal
As i aproached i could clearly see the poor chap was well and truly caught up and it wasnt going to be as straight forward a task to free him as i had first thought and getting to about 20 yards the poor fella went nuts trying to escape.
I backed off imediately to 50 yards and he callmed down and just stood there exausted i have shot a few deer in my time but i dont like to see animals suffer so it was safety off and a calm steady shot to the bioler room for an instant dispatch.
Green bottle flies that i had to physicaly knock off with my gloves
Rifle made safe i then tried to free the dead deer from the fence but no way could i budge it so i removed the trapped leg at the joint and continued with the grallock then it was back to the truck to get a set of pliers and it still took ten minutes to free it.
There was a loose 3inch loop of wire and his leg had gone write threw the loop then the deer had jumped back over the fence totaly ensnairing himself.
Well all in all quite an eventful evening i still dont know if i believe in fate but something was sure telling me to go to that location and not the other [spooky stuff eh ]
I am am off down the shops now to do the lottery
RICK O SHEA