So, thanks to some helpful advice from the forum yesterday I got my homemade highseat and other equipment ready for a post work dash to my little piece of paradise last night. I arrived at about 18:45 and lugged my highseat down to a suitable location amongst the trees. Was pretty nice spot actually, I could see a couple of well worn tracks and even some nice gaps through to the fields in case anything should pop up there. I quickly realised that my normal setting of 7x on the scope was way too much for what was going to be a 20 – 30m shot if I got the chance. I settled down for the wait and watched the colours through the trees change as we got a wonderful evening sun.
After about 45 minutes the wood settled down after my arrival commotion, the rabbits reappeared and a young fox cub nosed in and around the base of the highseat.
At about 20:45 I caught movement about 25m away. Bingo, a young buck was making his way through the undergrowth. I got the rifle on him and traced his path, waiting for him to turn broadside so I could get a shot off. Finally, when he was about 15m from the foot of the tree he turned, I gave a bit of a call to make him stop in his tracks and let off a round. He didn’t drop instantly, but maybe took a second before stumbling and hitting the floor. I waited a minute or so before jumping down and doing the pokey eye test. The entry hole was as expected about the size of a pencil, but upon turning the wee fella over I was shocked to see an exit hole the size of my fist – is this normal from a .243 at 15m???
As the light was getting pretty crappy I quickly set to work on the gralloch – even with a head torch on and he up on a gambrel it was pretty tricky for a mere amateur such as myself. I still haven’t worked out how to do a munty’s arse hole efficiently yet.
Anyway... beautiful little beastie in great condition. Not much in the way of pics a) because I only had my phone camera and b) because it was getting dark.
He will be cooked alfresco in my new dutch oven in Norfolk this weekend.