Having had the pleasure of going to the Sd week 2010 i bagged my first ever sika on the tuesday morning.
First person to get one and malc promised me a bottle of scotch but i still have to see it
on the thursday afternoon i decided to head over to Jayb's bit of land for a stalk and sit up in the highseat .
i left at about 2.30 pm as its a 20min drive from where the lodge was to Jayb's.
all where curious as to why so early but if you put in the hours it does tend to yield results.
on arriving i had a long walk from the gate to the high seat so with a glance every 10 paces or so i arrived in the seat for about 3.45pm.
it was a nice day so i settled in and glassed the ride which was about 350 meters long.
after about 20 minutes two sika hinds Grey in colour not black as i still maintain they are ha ha, really dark grey...
i watched for about 20 minutes for a stag to join them but no luck, at 250 yards up the ride i was happy he didnt. would have meant i needed to move which would have spooked him anyways.
after another 10 minutes another dark grey hind came out with a black line down its back ok i give in it is grey, came into view about 30 yards out.
i was transfixed on her as she knew something was wrong, she was very nervous her head was right up in the air sniffing like mad. after a few minutes she got me the wind had swirled about and she got my scent. off she went like lightening
about 4.30 out came another deer this time about 45 yards off the seat.
i carefully lifted the binos to see if he was a spiker as no large antlers where showing.
he was a good strong looking animal broad and hefty. all his antlers where broken off and only had stumps. following five minutes he showed me his broadside and i took a shot and down he dropped. following a five minute wait i followed up and went to the beast. his neck was cut up and not one spike had he left on his head.
i was delighted to have got one but the 250 metre drag back to the road soon diminished my joy ha ha. he was at the road for 5.30 so i went for a sit back in the seat till 7.00pm. i seen nothing more for the night and returned back to the lodge via the larder.
he was 85Lbs larder weight from memory
here he is hanging from the seat and the rope round his antlers is for dragging.
what a great week thanks john.
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