after arranging for our son to stay at a friends house my wife said she would like to go out to stalk fallow this morning, i was glad as she always brings me luck and spots stuff i would have missed. we arrived at our sport around 0740 this morning and started to stalk into an area where i had seen fallow in the past. the frost on the leaves was unbelievably loud and after about three steps we knew it would be a difficult morning. We moved out of the woods and into a field to try and reduce the noise as we were walking but even that wasnít much better as a couple of does ran from the field in front of us back into the wood.
After sitting at the edge of the wood for about 10 minutes there was a nearby sound of something in the wood, it sounded big and i thought we were in business. It turned out to be a red squirrel followed by a large hare (shows the noise of the frost on the leaves) This was the first red squirrel I have seen in the wild and it was good to see that they are in the area. A few minutes later we caught sight of a doe running our way, it almost ran right into us before changing direction but luckily not spooked. A few more does started to move in the wood about 60m from our position and one presented a clean shot. The 6.5 120gr dropped it on the spot, I observed it for a few minutes then returned to the jeep to get my 2yr gwp bitch to see what see would make of it. I was happier with the dogs reaction to the deer than the rest of the outing, she walkerd right into the spot and took the deer by the throat. I have been disappointed with her recently as most of the shooting I do is fox, and she hasnít showed any interest in dead foxes at all but this morning was encouraging.
It is mornings like these that make you appreciate your health, 100 round trip and back home for 1230.