Just back from Sd2010.
What a week i have had so i will start with my first deer.
on the tuesday morning i was paired up with Robin.
We had discussed with everyone what we all wanted and as i was a mean tight individual i was on spiker hunt ha ha.
Robin offered to accompany me on my stalk.
We drove to our drop off point with Malc and Dave.
following a short walk we split in to out two groups, one high and one low ( Robin and I )
We walked the area for approx two hours stalking all the areas thouroughly.
Slkamalc has some ground by the way, it was awesome just to see it let alone get the chance to stalk it..
once we had gone as far as we where happy to we started our route back, we had spooked a deer in the trees and with a whistle it was gone.... never even seen it.
On our way back Robin had said to check all the open areas for deer as we go back, walk spy walk spy.
It was not long before we seen a deer at approx 900/1000 metres away.
We identified it as a small stag ( a stags a stag ok ) ha ha.
robin discussed with me the route to take and off we went.
Following him, the long way round i may add, we where soon exactly where he said we would be. I was like a kid in a sweety shop panting like crazy. i couldnt see it and thought it was away.
Nope there he is Robin says and boy was i happy. Dont think he realised how close he was to getting clubbed to death by my sticks haha.
He said we will have to go down the small burn and get closer to him as he is now 200 yards out. i
We go down the burn and then on all fours crawl out to a stump for the shot.
He is now 160 yards out and right in front of me is a small tree so no shot.
i signal back to robin, who is now watching for reaction to shot on the stag that i have to go forward once again.
Following a three metre crawl i have a good shot position and good line of sight.
I give robin the heads up and shots away.
I reload as quick as i can but nothing no movement....
Robin says he's down, and with that i stand up and glass the area.
We follow up slowly as the reputation of sika is, if he can get up he will.
No stone dead no reaction, my first ever sika.
I carried out the gralloch and back to larder.
Absolute gem of an animal at 68lb from memory.
Robin Thanks so very much for all your help.
here he is, he aint no munty
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