Been a member on here for a couple of years, generally don't post, but i enjoy this section, so decided to contribute.
I decided on Saturday afternoon when the sun arrived that I would go and have a look around one of my farms for the first Buck of the year. I took my last doe about three weeks ago and put a high seat up two weeks ago, but had not been on much for the last two months. It is all arable with a few spinneys, and the deer come on from moorland/clear fell plantations. I have only had this ground from Augsut last year, it's very productive.
Anyway back to Sat, the wind was strong and in the wrong direction for the ground, so decided to stalk the boundry around seven very large fields where I have shot most of the deer, and then settle in to the highseat for the last hour. The boundry walk proved very informative seeing a total of 7 bucks and 11 does and three others unable to sex, 4 mature bucks.
The high seat hour was very interesting saw two mature bucks, very flighty with the strong wind and one buck with a broken leg, (have seen him before) he has deterierated since I last saw him, unfortunately no shot. Decided to come back in the morning, kicking myself have not been hard enough on the does!
Suday morning, arrive at first light, immedietly saw two does, decided on the high seat which gives a good view of all the distant fields, and wait for anything coming off, on to the seat, Doe out front, look to the left, 8 in one grass field about 750m away, good, I'll have a go at them, off the seat, wind favourable, start to stalk round, blimey spy another 4 in another field, two of the Bucks I recognise from last night, low stalk round, deer grazing happily, belly on to the moorland for about 50m which gives me about 4m of height, perfect safe shot. Glass the bucks, two good bodied animals the one in rear I feel is going back from hios haed and his conformation is not so strong, choose him wait for a broadside and bang, down he goes the three others bolt immediately straight for me didn't stop passed with 20m of me prone.
Buck down , dead, good shot, clipped heart and lung, gralloched in jig time. Nice old boy , 6 points 4 on one antler (1 broken) and 2 on the other 160m about max range for me. I am pleased to have to taken him. The 8 in other field had bolted and no signs of broken leg buck, who I want to put out of his pain ASAP. Larder weight 38lb, looks to be I guess +6years old.
First for the season, pleased with the outcome.