It's my birthday today and so I had planned a meal of steak and chips. As I was about to pop the chips in the oven I looked out of the window and saw a roe doe in my orchard. My wife was with me and she suggested we add to our freezer
I've a new rifle which has only seen time on the range getting zeroed and practising the shooting positions for my DSC1 which I am sitting this weekend. So I got out the 6.5x55(YES!) and went upstairs to the spare bedroom. Unfortunately it was hardly a conventional stalk!
I ranged the doe at a 100m but because of the wire I've around the young trees to protect them from the deer I didn't have a clear shot. By the time she was clear I pinged her at 150m. Of course I was using that well known shooting rest of pillow over the window sill and was so was comfortable with the shot. The wife and kids were downstairs watching as I took the shot and the doe just rolled over. I was pleased that all the kids (3,5,7) wanted to come down to watch the gralloch and on inspection I had shot out the top of the heart. The youngest commented that she was "looking forward to roast deer at the weekend!"
So a great way to christen the rifle, on my birthday, on my own smallholding and with the family watching. I'm also glad they saw a good example of a humane cull.
Hopefully the DSC1 will go as smoothly.