A couple of weeks ago I was asking advice about how to deal with the keeper of a potential new ground - well I got it (FOC) and was out yesterday for the first time to carry out my new management responsibilities !
The deer are causing problems to local farmers and a game shoot. Had a walk around with my 25-06 and went into one of the woods which looked likely - old conifers with rhododendrons right through.
After about 20 minutes I spotted about 7 fallow on the edge of the wood, 90 yards, safe backstop so up onto the sticks and kneck shot my first fallow. What a suprise - the rest looked at the victim and trotted away to about 60 yards and turned and watched as I approached. As I checked the fallow on the ground another 4 were watching me from further down the wood, I then heard a bark from in the wood and about 20 fallow trotted down a ride - I was surrounded - what a feeling, I almost looked for another to shoot but gladly decided not to. On the way back to the car a roe buck stood 30 yards away just watching me.
Gralloched the beast and after much struggling dropped the carcase into my roe sack and then almost did serious damage trying to pick it up - weighed 68 lbs gralloched!! am I glad I didn't take another one. Its now in my chiller for 10 days when it will then resemble a pile of steaks and sausages.