This is my busy time of year and unfortunately I have to earn a living some time so I have't been doing much stalking lately.
Any way I was starting to get withdrawal symptoms so I thought I better get out.
I didn't have to be at work at 9.00am this morning so just enough time to get have a quick stalk in the Cotswolds.
Not a bad morning 11 degrees with a stiff breeze up on the top, a few showers of rain in the night but brightening up nice for first light.
I went to a small farm where I have a few Roe it's a nice place to take Max ( my Gsp ) and stalk on foot with a nice little wood that normally holds a deer or two.
As soon as I got to the farm I spotted a Muntjac buck on the side of the road right by the farm entrance, I've only ever seen Muntjac here twice in five years.
I drove up onto the high ground and had a scan of the fields all I could see was a Roe doe with twins. I moved on back down the farm drive and spotted a Roebuck with a doe heading towards the wood, I abandoned the vehicle and cut around the hill to the top of a little valley where I expected to see them appear again. As I poked my head over the edge of the steep sided valley I spotted the doe walk into the woodland edge and the buck following he gave me one chance for a shot but the angle wasn't great and I didn't need one badly enough to trash the front end so I let him walk.
I headed back to the truck and drove to the other side of the wood and stalked back into the wind with Max.
I only got about 100 yards into the wood when Max's nose was going so I slowed up and doubled my efforts with the bino's.
A few minutes later I spotted a Muntjac buck so I got the rifle onto the sticks but where he was stood I hadn't got a clear shot so I waited, then another buck walked out onto the ride about 20 yards in front of the first buck so I swapped targets and shot the second buck. The first buck bounced off with his tail up.
I checked the buck was dead then carried on along the ride thinking that I still might see the Roebuck or the other Muntjac buck might still be on the bank that opens up above you as you walk the ride.
I got to an area with a good view and proceeded to call with the buttalo, I spotted a movement the buck was stood in a thick cover no chance of a shot, then to my right another this time a doe coming in real fast to the call, I'm under no pressure to shoot deer on this farm so I left her alone with her buck and went back to gralloch the first buck.
On my way out of the farm I spotted two fawns feeding right by where I seen the Roebuck and doe that had ran off into the wood, the way the buck was tight on her heels it looked like there's still a bit of rut activity.About four years ago I called a buck which a friend shot on this farm on August bank holiday Monday, must be something in the water
When I inspected the Muntjac buck he had some real nasty wounds on his rear end they must have been having a fair old scuffle over that doe as I said must be something in the water so I bottled some and took it home So I spotted 7 Roe and four Muntjac not bad on a little farm I'd only seen two Munties on before
Have a nice day