I have just returned from an excellent 4 day trip to the Highlands, where I was stalking hinds. It is the same ground that I have been going to for the last few years, so I know it reasonably well.
Due to the weather conditions and swirling wind, we found ourselves having to shoot at aggressive angles both uphill and downhill. I had three clean kills out of four, the first beast required a coup de grace which upset me as nobody likes a botched shot.
In the first instance, we came across a group of 8 hinds with calfs. After a careful stalk we got into position about 120 meters above the deer at an angle of 45%. My .308 is zeroed at 100 meters with 168gr HPBT and I use a Harris Bipod. I placed the cross hairs on the base of her shoulder and the first shot went over her back, a clear miss. As she stood still I composed myself for a second shot this time aiming lower; now I shot her in the lower shoulder. A second hind came running uphill and stopped 70 meters from me. After a roar she raised her head and I shot her in the neck and she dropped like a stone.
The first beast had to be humanely dispatched, but I still dont understand why the first shot drifted so high above her, the second went so low. I dont remember pulling the shot and the rest of my shots were on song.
I am now thinking of investing in a cosine indicator. Does anybody use one? Up until now, I have been using angle indicator on my I Phone