Firstly I would just like to say another big thank-you to Wayne Davies for taking me out on my very first munty stalk.
I would then just like to apologise for what happened next.
I had a phone call from Wayne on saturday saying he was going to have a look for some muntys on a patch near him if I fancied it,without hesitating I said "yes".I met Wayne at his house about 5.45pm, we had a quick brew and off we went. We arrived about 7ish and Wayne put Luke, another lad that came with us up in one of the seats, he then came back to collect me and we went further on along, then pulled on to a track just inside the wood, and got kitted up and made our way towards our seat. Once in our seat Wayne told me of some of the usual routes they can make on the track, and that they notice even the smallest of movements. We waited for a bit, and i thought i heard something to my right hand side, so with very small movements i had a look but it was nothing.
Not long after i had a nudge from Wayne, there was a muntjac doe on the track to left of him. I tried to move the rifle slowly around but she clocked us straight away, so quickly i got the rifle in the aim and pulled the trigger. I stupidly rushed the shot and thought i had cleanly missed her underneath, the doe took to her heels, doubling back the way she had come through. What a d****head i thought to myself, i f****ed up big time!
Wayne got down to make sure it was a miss and on inspection, he found some hair and then a patch of green from the gut of her, he walked back and told me the bad news, he told me to stay up in the seats while he got the truck and Max. When they got back i got down and looked over where the doe went back in, and i saw the green patch but that was it, i couldnt see any green anywhere else. Wayne cast Max into the cover and he followed a scent for a bit, but must have lost it or picked up on something else, to be fair to Max he did very well considering there was no blood to go on, we searched the cover up and down but nothing, after a bit more searching we decided to call it a night besides we were loosing light, I apologised to Wayne.
It may sound stupid to some of you but i felt sort of worried, sad, embarrased, ashamed and sick all at the same time.
To those of you that may have been so unlucky to experience this i know how it feels, and to those of you that have been lucky enough not to experience this, you would never want to.