Right just got back from from a great weekend in cambridgeshire with a friend from uni. It all came about when he asked me if i fancied a trip down to his farm to have a go at a few muntjac and tie it in with a couple of nights down the pub so i headed down on friday for a couple of nights. I got down in good time and we went for a round of sporting at the local ground then back to his for a bit of food then out stalking.
So out we went for a wander with the rifle and had been told roe were off limits as they're not on the ground in big numbers and only appeared not so many years ago but all muntjac were fine which sounded good to me. we walked around to little success and only spotted one muntjac that was on the top of a hill so no back stop but 2 roe bucks ran right by us one within about 5 or 10 yards and the other stopped about 15 yards off not sure what we were but clearly could tell something was there but was happy as he'd chased off the small buck. The plan was to be up at 5 to get out again on a different part of the farm but it didn't got to plan as we spent a bit too long down the pub and we didn't get out the next evening as another friend came up from uni for some more clay shooting and then we went out for a meal instead so saturday was a write off.
So having been unsuccessful at getting up on time the previous day we were up a 5 on the dot to be out and had a promising although unsuccessful as we watched 9 muntjac at various points non of which presented a safe shot and one of the bucks was absolutely massive and must have been a medal and a dam good one but he lived to see another day.
So out we went again that evening this time with the intention of sitting up and waiting for one to show where we had seen the most muntjac that morning at it seemed it was going to pay off as within a few mins two young bucks both who appeared to have cast there antlers but may still be growing there first set but I'm not sure but at 220 yards we thought we'd wait and see what showed. About 20 mins later two more came out of the wood this time a buck and a do and started to graze towards us slowly and when they were about 130 yards off decided to go back into the wood without stopping to present a shot. We sat and waited some more and after about 40 mins two came out behind us with only an A road for a backstop so a no shot and then an hour past and the sun set and nothing came so my friend nipped around the corner to look around the other side of the wood to see if anything was showing around there but alas nothing so we decided to sit tight where we were for a little bit longer yet and that it was worth another 5 mins where we were before heading back to the car when out popped a young muntjac buck so we waited for more to follow then out came a doe 30 seconds later and then whilst i was getting ready to take a shot on the younger buck then the doe if she hung about out popped the larger mature buck and i was told to take a shot on the older buck first then the second and even third shot on the other deer if the shots presented so when he stopped broadside i sent a shot his way and he dropped on the spot and i quickly reloaded to see the doe dart into the wood and the young buck looking very confused as to what had just happened and as he was making his way slowly to the wood a quick Oi stopped him long enough to send one his way and he did a backflip and ran into the wood but i knew he wasn't getting far so we waited for them to bleed out then set off to find the smaller buck tapping the bigger ones eye on the way to make sure it was dead and found the younger one about 10 yards into the woodcut had cut in a good 15 to 20 yards from the strike mark which was sup rising as the 120 grain norma game head blasitc tip made a bit of a mess to be honest. so we grabbed the bucks and carried back to the truck and it finished a very good weekend. The bigger buck turned out to be a very nice buck and measures a good 11cm on each antler so he is a better buck than the other i shot last summer with glyn at holkham but i was shown a buck his dad had shot a few years ago a and it was a very impressive buck indeed with antlers, although short a lot thicker than my thumb and id guess about an inch thick.
Anyway just got to clean the head up now but here are some pics.