As I type this I have a Roe deer hanging in my garage which will be butchered in a couple of days time. I have to say a big thankyou to Ian Farrington for this mornings stalk and for his patience with me.
It took a while to find any deer this morning but then just before 9am Ian spotted 3 in a field about 270 yds away we crept as close as we could behind cover and had a choice of a 200yd shot or crossing an open field with the real prospect of spooking them.
Ian was happy with my shooting ability following a morning on the range two weeks ago so gave me the option to take the shot, even though it was quite long. The deer was butt on to us, so I had the opportunity to get comfortable before it turned side on and gave me the target I was after. I took the shot and was really pleased to see the hit before I the recoil took the sight picture away. I reloaded and we approached the deer, the blood trail from where it was shot was very clear and easy to follow, and we found the deer about 40 yards away dead.
As it was my first kill, Ian did the gralloch explaining the process as he went. It was then bagged and carried to the car for the trip home.
All in all I was really pleased with my shot especially as it was a clean kill and I cannot wait for for my next trip out.
Top marks to Ian both as a host and guide and would highly recommend his services.
A photo will follow shortly.
Matthew the happy hunter.