Had a free evening so decided to have a wander round my permission. Arrived at 6.30 & bumped into the leaseholders straight away so was invited in for coffee & a chat. Managed to get away at 7.15 & went straight up to the high seat, left the seat cushion there & made my way around a couple of fields seeing only one Roe Doe.
Got back to the high seat just before 8.15 & 10 minutes later two quads came roaring across the fields & made a beeline for the gate just to my left. It was the gardeners kids from the main house, they didnít spot me until they had gone through the gate & turned up the lane behind me, they left three gates open in total so a word must be had with my friends the leaseholders to pass on to the owner.
I thought that would be it for the evening but 10 minutes later a doe came out of the wood 250 yards away & started feeding, I waited with baited breath for a Buck to appear but after 10 more minutes something spooked her & she headed off back into the wood. I decided to give it another half hour when another Doe appeared just in front & to my left, I got the glasses on her & almost immediately a Buck appeared behind her & they both started to move towards me, I pinged them at 95 yards when they stopped to graze.
The Buck was face on to me for 5 minutes or more & only fleetingly turned broadside on but I held the cross hairs on him hoping he would turn but by now my heart was pounding & I was glad of the shooting rail to take the weight of the Mannlicher. When he eventually turned I fired immediately but at that moment he decided to turn right round, my shot hit a bit low but he dropped like a stone. I reloaded & saw him pick himself up & stagger towards the wood I decided I would have to hit him again if he tried to go under the wire but he dropped again after 6 or 7 yards & didnít rise.
I decided not to wait so dropped down from the seat & crossed the field to him & he was still hanging on so I dispatched him with a round below the ear. My shot had entered just at the top of his foreleg, broken it & went on thorough causing massive blood loss as the grass was absolutely covered from where he was hit to where he dropped. When I gralloched him I found the 6.5x55 140 grain Federal Soft Point had destroyed the bottom of his heart.
So that was my first Roe from the new permission & my very first Roe Buck & Iím still buzzing as I write this, canít sleep & its 2.45. Heís hanging in my garage which is nice & cool & Iíll skin him in a few days or so.
Looking back I was very lucky what with him turning away just as I fired, if he had made the wood I would have lost him as the owner of the land doesnít want anyone entering so I must be very sure of my shots from now on.
Having his kidneys on toast with cream & mushrooms for breakfast today yum!