Following up on my trip to Sd 2010 with Malc and John i saved this little one till last.
On the thursday evening malc asked me what did i want to do tomorrow Friday.
I said that due to his and johns generosity during our stay with him i had some money left for a nice beast. i said to him that any one will do but i would not decline a 6/8 pointer if i was lucky enough to be put in that situation.
On the friday morning both Malc and I oh and of course Todd went stalking together.
It was not long into the stalk which initially consisted of a track through the woods when we reached the lighter wooded areas. it was no more than 30 mins into the climb up hill untill we first heard the whistle, malc siad the deer was below us and if we walked round we should get a look at it as he tries to get back up into the hill. again a short walk later i.e 20 metres he whistled again,this time 100 yards or so directly to our front. Todd by now was on the scent and his leash was at full tension. Remarkable to see how they react, not a word but you can allbut see from his stature how far away the beast is that he smells. malc signals to wait and see what he does, as we wait again merely minutes i hear foot steps up the hill to our right.
i signal to malc with waving hands and panting hes here just in there 40 feet away. i cant see a thing and the dog like clockwork has already signalled the position of the deer... i just couldnt get over it how the dog sensed it...
both of us are waiting to see if the deer will show itself, then i see its white back end, i tap malc and point to its location. he has not seen it, he signals sticks up and rifle ready. we watch for 2/3minute and nothing, he says to go to my right a meter or so and see if i can see it through the trees. Nothing, but then i spy back to my origional spot and there is his head, Malc also sees it now.i get into position pause magnification down on scope to 6, i see the head looking right at us still as you like nothing stirring he moves two feet forward and bang its over, i was stood there in a world of my own slow motion and all next thing reality kicks in Malcs shouting reload frank he might get up. twenty seconds thirty nothing i start to relax. Todd is going bonkers by now he knows whats about to happen. off he goes two small yelps then bark bark bark.... malc looks at me, i am there but i may as well have been in heaven, ya got him down like a sack mate i was delighted. hand shook pats on back and off we went. normal follow up was done etc and back to the larder a nice 6 pointer. i dont know why but he was my first ever deer that i didnt take a picture of in situ, i dont know if it was the rush the stalk or what but thats life the memory is there in my head . here is his picture and me with todd.
i know i have said it before but here it is again, Malcolm your a gent Thanks..
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