My daughter is now 9.
She has been attending pheasant shoots from about 6. Tonight I took her for her first stalk. We went to a high seat where a doe had been seen feeding a fawn within 20ft 2 mornings and 2 evenings this week. What an oppertunity. So not to be sat to long we entered the seat about 2010hrs.
A proud dad having time for an uncommom bonding moment.
Anyway apart from a few rabbits nothing stirred, I was willing as hard as for any paying client for something to happen. She sat quiet and still which is a first.(lol).
The minutes seemed to grind on. 21.25 out came a doe but at the far end of the wood.
I watched her for a while and realised she was feeding away and georgia couldn't see it without the binos for the thistles.
A decision was made, we would stalk her, dropping out of the doe box we crept briskly and quietly towards her but in a blind spot.
Getting about 80m's from her I peered through the under growth she was still feeding away and oblivious. I was planning how to get the girl into a position so she could see when from the corn to my left I saw movement. It was a 4 point buck who had come down a tram line, he saw the doe and rushed her (probably thinking in the failing light it was another buck, she startled and they dove into the wood. He had crossed our path no more then 50m's from us and the girl was "capped"!
So that was it. (maybe another jan andrews in the making? maybe not but I enjoyed it).