I had a week up in Sutherland near Lairg trying to get stuck into the deer with a bit of help from Paul and Reuben (dusk til dawn and his mate). They travelled most of the Saturday from Bisley to get there just in time at 3am on Sunday to get their gear ready to get out stalking.... ouch who needs sleep anyway. Thanks to them for their company
I've got to be honest the weather was horrible and despite some pretty good effort on our part the deer were sticking to cover and we got damp to say the least. On a later morning outing the silence was broken with Reuben letting rip from the high seat and when myself and Paul went to check out the results. Down was a charlie from quite a tidy head shot with a .270, I'll let your imagination fill in the blanks.
So off home they went and I was really disappointed for them because of the weather but what can you do . It was time for me to get out the rifle and keep at it though. On the Monday afternoon the weather was fairer and clouds cleared away for a short while on darkening with the last of the sun in the sky. Out came the deer and an unlucky sika feeding close to the trees was well shot but made for the trees like a rocket. After about 30 minutes looking it was time to get a dog and about an hour later with backup from the game dealers dog we went straight to it about 20 meters into the thick cover.
Then for then next 3 days it just rained and all I did was pull ragwort but thursday morning saw sun and out in the open a roe buck was about to get lucky with a doe. Keeping the sun behind me I stalked down onto a little rise and mr buck was going at it.. great! Then off he pops and the doe heads to cover at speed with the buck zooming after her and no chance at a shot... b0llocks! Late afternoon and back out on the mooch with some warmer weather, I'm glassing the tree lines and their he is. Just a flash of antlers moving in the fringes so I set out the bipod and got steady from the hill. I watched for about 5 minutes til he offered the shot and while it was at a fair distance the .308 did it's job nicely. He was a lovely little buck but beside the trees the midgies were somethig unbelievable so it was a sharp exit from there!
Saturday morning was unsettled with showers but I had seen the reds on Friday and I was hoping for some dry. Then the sky brightened and the sun started to break though and off I went on my wander. Up at the deer fence a young red was wandering up the fence towards me so with a little crawl up onto the rise the bipod was down and I waited for my chance. The stag was working the fence looking for a way though and facing me. I let him come far enough and gave him a little whistle. Up went the head for a look so that was it and I necked him and down he went and no movement at all so that was that. Again the game dealer came to my aid but with his quad bike this time and my trip was over and it was time to head home.
With the weather so unsettled this last week anything was a bonus but the deer have to feed so picking those dry periods can really pay off. Cheers all.