I was out stlaking yesterday evening looking for fallow. The particular ground is tricky as it is wooded valleys with grass and a track in each valley bottom. I arrived and had a drive around to see what was clear and where the mass of pheasants were. I then set off to stalk a likely spot.
Within 500m I could see a fallow but couldnt tell what it was. I tucked into the treeline and stalked to 100m and it was a big pricket. However it was feeding towards me so i set up on the sticks and waited. It persistently refused to turn even a fraction. (I opted to avoid the frontal chest shot ) After a few minutes it looked up and stared past me.
I looked back and there were 2 hikers coming along the road toward me. I assumed the deer would go to move off and I would take the shot. It didnt it just stood staring at them. They had clearly seen me but kept coming. The road has a slight curve so as they passed into the curve and out of view of the deer it relaxed again.
Now I have real trouble catching up with the fallow on here and they hammer the feeders. It bacame clear the hikers were coming to join me, I flung up a hand gesturing "stop" and then held up 2 fingers (gesturing 2 minutes NOT the other). They stopped, I dropped prone (shot VERY SAFE), the deer saw my movement and looked up and I slotted him in the neck. He went straight down.
I unloaded the rifle and walked back to them. I apologised for stopping them and explained I had a job to do. They thought I would be shooting foxes but I explained that it was a deer and offered that if they just gave me a minute I would remove it from view if it would be a problem. They said they were fine and walked forward and took a look at it. (the lady seemed a little perturbed it was still twitching but said she had no issue with humane kills but had been distressed once when a deer was hit by a car and the driver left it thrashing in the verge) Off they went and i went about my business.
There is no public footpath where I was but it is not unusual to encounter walkers.
A bit of a gamble reaction wise but a good result