i hav'nt posted much on the site just done the voyeur thing of watched and reading whats going on , decided thats got to change and get stuck in to the forum so here goes
over the past few months or so i have been watching a small group of fallow doe's on the very lmited stalking ground i have. over theses few months they have been like clock work roughly same time and same entry points to enter the field every now and then a buck will appear with them. its been great sat there with bino's just watching and learning ( i am still a novice in the deer stalking game )
anyway decided i am going to put one in the chiller as meat stocks are running down in the house hold and the "good wife " has promised venison to some friends and family
planned the stalk of where i will be and where to i will see the deer, best shooting place etc.
i got to my location and got ready , i sat there blended in with the back round i had made a little niche in the hedgeway to overlook the deer area invisible to the world and not making a noise, perfect .
except no show on the deer, i'm sat there running through my head what have i done wrong whats diffrent etc etc etc. i still new to stalking so i'm questioning myself
i decide to call it a day light is falling but there is still 20mins or so left , i give the field i'm in a quick check before i leave my hidding place.
low and behold 70 meters from me in an area where i have never ever seen deer is the biggest fallow buck i have ever seen. majestic is the only word i can use .
i have a few seconds of contemplation over the shot as he looks so magnificent. i tell myself he is coming home with me, i have to leave the hide area to get the shot. very slow extraction from the hide and i get in a cracking position for a the shot.
i have to wait a little while for him to turn then i take classic heart lung shot . BANG i hear the report i feel the slight recoil and hear the bullet inpact on the buck . off he goes away from me towards a small wooded area 60 meters away.
he is running like the wind full pace he is showing no signs of being shot when running. in thoes split seconds i am questioning myself and now my rifle and ammo ( 243 win 90 gr bonded bullet) stuff like -why didn't i get a bigger caliber ,should i have gone for a neck shot ,did i pull the shot, etc etc over and over for thoes few seconds.
i am watching all the time as he gets closer to the wood , next i see a slight stumble from the buck and i know in my mind i've hit im where i planned. the buck enters the wood and next i hear is an almighty crash.
i leave it a short time then check , i find my trophy buck no more than a few meters into the wood.
i quicky check the area where buck was shot i find "paint and pins " and i can see a blood trail examination of the buck revieled a good exit wound .
i happy now one for the chiller rifle ammo combo worked on a big deer (200 lbs plus) confidence coming back . later exam showed lungs and top of heart shot and a perfect specimen of a deer inc great antlers.
anyway week later went back to same spot and watched the deer for a while (nice to get out on my own as i have a house full of women) and shot a nice doe.
before i recoverd the doe i scaned the field and saw a fox trotting towards where i shot the buck earlier that week . great i thought a fox and deer, the fox stopped and sniffed excactly where the large buck was shot . again BANG slight recoil , hear the bullet impact same gun and ammo, and the fox is off running full speed for the small wood. i found the fox in exactly the same spot the large buck was recovered and same shot placment . both deer and fox shot in exactly same place by same ammo and rifle at same distance and recovered within 12" of each other.
i thought i would share this story with the site as i still find it strange.... i will post more soon ..neil