Will keep this short and this had been previously mentioned by Daft Dog - but wanted to share it and was a great stalk and learnt loads (also wanted to share the pic's).
Went out with Malc on Saturday evening. Was a very still night and not much was moving. We had seen a single roe doe before we approached the crest of a hill in a stubble field. Next thing i hear is Malc saying, "its a buck", followed by "its cullable". We move through some cover crop to get into a position to get a shot. We move when his head is down and stay dead still whilst his head is up. He knows something is not quite right but with the advantage of a dark forest behind us and what little wind in our face we get into a postion so that i can get the rifle up on the sticks. Made the mistake of holding on him for too long and i started to doubt myself. Took my head of the stock for a second and then back on and dropped him on the spot. Amazing our easy it is to be looking down the scope for too long and before you know it the crosshairs are all over the place!
Whilst we knew he was a cullable buck it was not till we moved in that we realised why he was a good one to cull. One of his antlers had a strange kink at the base and was shorter than the other. Seeing this, we looked on the opposite side of his body for any injuries and low and beyond on his opposite back leg he a wound that exposed the bone. Whilst it had healed it had affect his antlers.
Back at the bothy the 'cuppa' was served in a green glass bottle with 'Becks' written on the side. Cheers Malc for a great time.