I was invited to stalk over at a friends ground in hope of seeing a roe or fallow buck, yesterday being 30th April would have been the last time I would have been able to shoot a fallow buck.
I had been to the same ground earlier in the week. Where I decided to sit and wait all I saw on the first visit was a very fat roe doe. She fed in front of me for 40 minutes, she already had started to show her summer coat on legs and some patches on her back. She was feeding just beneath the hawthorn bush, 87 yards away in the centre of the photo. No buck showed so back home to work after a 4am start leaving the roe in peace as she was not aware of my presence.
The stalk yesterday, I approached the same setting as above and stalked along a hedge line. Upon getting to almost the same position the above photo was taken but 50 yards to the left, I saw a fallow pricket browsing. I could also see another fallow but its head and shoulders were out of site. They were almost on the same spot as the roe doe I had seen earlier in the week.
They were 117 yards away ranged with my mates new Leica geovids after the event, as he was 1/2 a mile away in another likely spot where he shot a young muntjac buck on our earlier outing.
The shot was taken prone off my bipod, the reaction was as expected and it dropped on the spot after the 130 grain .270 bullet hit home.
The other deer then broke cover and he was the biggest palmated buck I have ever seen in the wild, even bigger than some I have seen in deer parks!! My mate would not have been worried if I also took out this massive beast but he did not stand to offer a shot, I was pleased to come home with this beast anyway.
I dragged it back to where the above photo was taken and gralloched him. I text my mate to say I would need a hand with the extraction, 10 minutes later he arrived and helped to start dragging him the 1/2 a mile towards the car. After 200 yards we both decided to try and get my car nearer would be a far better idea!! After almost grounding out my BMW more than once we got to the extraction point and loaded him in the plasterers bath. A snug fit!!
Got home and finished the larder work, larder weight was 94lb.
My spaniel chewed on the legs until the early hours and off to bed very pleased with the stalk.
I am sure next time I go all I will see is fallow deer and roe does.
Thanks so much to my mate who kindly took me to his ground, you know who you are . Will repay the favour again soon.