OK, let's say it's tonight, and official sunset is 18:40, so last legal shot by 19:40.
Scenario 1 -
It's now 18:55. You've decided it's just got too dark to continue stalking a begin to drive down a farm track. As you round a corner you see a Roe Buck in the headlights out in the field. You stop the vehicle and turn the lights off. You can see the silhouette of the animal to shoot it but not enough to identify it as a Buck. However, you just identified it in the headlights. BANG! - Down it goes. Quick retrieve and off down the track again....
Scenario 2 -
It's now 19:15. Driving down the track, you see another set of eyes in a dip at the side of the road but can't quite make out what it is. You stop the vehicle, but leave the lights on as the animal is just on the edge of the beam. A quick check through the binos reveals it's another Roe Buck! Happy days! BANG! - Down it goes. Quick retrieve and off again...
Scenario 3 -
It's now 19:35. (only 5 minutes left to shoot legally)!
You decide that a "hatrick" would be quite special and drive around the fields to look for another. You soon find another Roe Buck in the headlights and stop the vehicle leaving the headlights on. It's now 19:39, better be quick! BANG! Down it goes....
19:40, Unload, gralloch deer, travel home.
1. How many of the scenarios would you get up to?
2. Have I broken the law at any time?
3. Is what I have done safe?
4. Is what I have done ethical?
5. Am I a naughty little Monkey!