Decided to take my oldest out for a look this morning to see if we could catch up with a buck. Over to a small patch which consists of coppice and replanting. Also managed to pick up the lower fields off the neighbour as he had seen deer coming down to his buildings.
We didn't bust a gut to get there before first light this morning. So got to the farm yard around 06.20 and met the farmer loading up some wheat. A quick chat and got the kit sorted.
We had seen a roe run up the field from the buildings where the farmer was loading. So the plan was to take the left hand hedge up the hill towards the clearfell area over the fence at the top of the hill.
The field has a ridge which cuts diagonally across the field so the top corner is out of sight. We regularly see 2 kids and mum in this field and this morning was no exception.
The doe was on the fence line and the kids where out in the filed playing about. All the time the doe was looking to the far left corner, looking at something which I couldn't see. Then the 2 kids looked as well. So down on my knees to see under the lower branches of the beech trees that formed the hedge we were stalking up.
then i saw the chestnut rear quarters of another roe, so made my way slowly to get a better view, it turned out to be a buck. Told my lad to stay put and I inched my way up another 20m. He was just mouching about between the top hedge and the fence. Got the sticks shortend down and rifle on them ready for a shot.
He kept going behind hawthorn bushes, then he would appear again, then move into some bracken and out the other side. Still no shot on offer. Now he turned around and came down the track he had just came up but this time paused long enough to place the crosshairs on his chest. the 30-06 cracked. Thud came back and he dashed 5m and collapsed in the freshly cut silage. On inspection it smashed both lungs to bits and took the top of his heart out. He also had a swollen section of his rear foot around his cleeve, looked like he had got it cought on something
Then the kids came out to see what had happened. We let them settle again for a few mins and made our way up to the buck.
A good looking beast. Not a thick neck on him at all, so I'm guessing he is only a young buck. I would be nice to let a few grow on but this is a coppice and replanting. The trees are the owners priority.
35lb larder weight.
As you can see my lad was chuffed to bits( and so was I as I love taking him out and it's his younger brother's turn next time)
Now he is old enough it's good to have someone to carry some stuff back to the truck. Also to teach them that there is more to it than just pulling the trigger. As a keeper friend of mine always made his grandkids beat for several seasons before they were allowed to shoot so they new what was involed in putting pheasants over the guns. Which has always stuck with me when I had my 2 lads.
As we walked down the middle of the field we looked back and the 2 kids were out again looking at us thinking 'what the ........'