I went out last night with the intention of catching up with a stag and his harem on my patch.
After watching from a spy point for 30 minutes I saw a stag following a hind towards the high woods, I thought they may stop in the field before the wood and behind a stand of fir, so I moved forward to the corner of the wood, but nothing there.
After sitting tucked into the fence for 15 minutes the light was going, when a parcel of hinds trotted out, didn't know what to make of me and after some intitial suspicion carried on. No sign of the stag but some grunting from the high wood above me.
He chased a roebuck out before it got too dark to shoot, and then he stepped forward himself, I lifted the rifle and had a look through the scope, I knew it was the stag, from the noise and shape of him but couldn't make out any detail. It was a very gloomy night with low cloud and mist around the ridges.
My question is this: Up to what point of darkness would you consider a straightforward 100yard shot on familair ground.viable (assuming it is within the 1 hour of sunset and no artificial aids etc.)