Well, excuse to go up to D&G was to meet my syndicate partner for a pre christmas booze up, one of these things where the women come along too.. I thought it would be rude not to pop out with the rifle as i wont be back til new year now.
Anyways, after a merry night last night, i had the alarm set for 7am. Last night when i went to bed it was very cold but clear. This morning however there was 3'' of virgin snow. I nearly rolled over as i thought that the roads on the tops and an A3 wouldnt really mix.. However, i got up and went over to the ground. It took twice as long doing 20mph all the way. I arrives at 8 so all was peachy. If a tad late..
I set off and glassed several areas before coming to a rushy bog along side the wood. I glassed one doe there and she was alone, slightly smaller frame so guessed it was a yearling.. exactly what i wanted. She was grazing on the woodside at about 150yds and had lots of branches in front. I left the sticks where i was and by using the oak tree to hide me from her, i got to the tree which put me at around 50yds from her. She was still feeding head into wind and ar*e towards me. She then turned and started moving closer, to 30yds where she stood broadside on. She dropped to a lung shot which if i say so myself was around 2'' too high. Anyways, she only ran 20yds and fell over kicking.
After gralloching that one, i retrieved my sticks and carried on, only maybe 200yds from where i had been doing the biz on the first one when i saw another with a kid in trail. I stalked this too, only into about 80yds but had a good look at them both, a really nice, fit doe kid and a well conditioned mother. I left these alone for obvious reasons.
I spotted another doe in the same wood but on the other side, this one with twins (ive not seen this group for about 3 months). They were tucked into the wood out of the wind and i didnt even bother trying to stalk them, i thought about how i dont like to be disturbed without good reason!
Anyways, i bumped another yearling on the way out, taking my total to 7 deer seen in less than 2 hours.On the way into the stalking, i also saw a red hind and calf stood on the road, less than 1/2 a mile from my boundary.. Its good to know theyre there as i havent seen any on my ground.
Anyways, it continued to snow and after speaking to the postie, decided to cut the trip short and traverse the pennines home. In the end i had been fed a load of duff info from the postie as once i had got back to the A74, the roads were fine!