Yesterday turned out to be a good day, although nothing shot, I saw 8 Sika Hinds, 1 Roe Doe, 1 Roe Buck and a Red Stag. The Buck was in my sights but I was not happy with the shot, only head/neck available, but I was not steady enough for the shot, so he will see another day. He was a lovely Buck though, very gray in the face but antlers twice ear length. I thought he was an old boy but as the antlers were not going back.......Not sure.
The day started off well, we arrived on the ground about 10 mins before sunrise, although this time was lost in the end. John decided he would spend 20 mins trying to get his bolt fitted. In this time he taught me some new words. Not only did he struggle to fit his bolt, he decided he would strip his floor plate magazine, then struggle to put it back together, all this time, I was crying with laughter, listening to John and his expletives. I decided to dry my eyes and offer some assistance to which John accepted. Once I spent 10-15 seconds putting his rifle back together, he called me some "Nouns" followed by "Adjectives".
We spent about 6.5 hours on the ground then returned back to Johns house for some Sheila spoiling, full fry with copious amounts of Tea/Coffee. (Thanks you Sheila, very much appreciated). After a rest and letting lunch go down it was back on the ground, walking the woodland and finishing in the highseat. This highseat must have had Wayne Davies in it, and he must have peed close by, it does attract the deer, although they were all the wrong ones, nothing but Hinds, one of which I could have poked with my rifle. We had aggreed to meet at 6pm for an update. We met at the car and John had told me had seen a stunning Sika Stag on his way back down. Another couple of brews and we were off again for our final assault on the ground with about an hour and a half left of light. This time a couple of Hinds seen again.
We met about 8pm to pack up and set off, this again caused problems for John thinking he had dropped ammunition, so he was on his hands and knees with a torch only to realise it was where he left it, needles to say, my eyes were welling up again with laughter again and John was teaching me some more words.
It was a very good day out with plenty of laughs, John, you're a Gent and a laugh a minuite. Pass on my Thanks to Sheila, she so knows how to cook!!!