Hi guy's im posting this on behalf of my thick mate BEATTIE 16 who is unable to switch on the computer when his wife is out
There are a few new plantations on one of the properties i manage, one of which has been taking a bit of a thrashing from a young buck, i have seen the culprit on several occasions, but never been able to take a shot for all the various reasons that occur whilst stalking.
Friday night found me in the said planting, the light was begining to fade and i was thinking it was going to be another blank, when out of a small gully appeared a pair of antlers approx 120 yds,game on, steadied on his ribs as he gave me a perfect broadside veiw, he lept into the air and dissapeared into the gloom as the roar of the 25/06 shattered the silence.
Thinking it was a matter of picking him i took BoB my young lab over to the shot sight,plenty of blood and hair,i set bob on the blood tail thinking it would be no more than a training exercise,how wrong i was. We followed the strong scent approx 80yds to large bush,bob went in,but to my suprise out came the buck followed closely by bob,it was obvious that the buck was badly injured,but was very much alive, although bob has found several deer in his short carrier this was the first live one and i was a little unsure how he would react,i had no need to worry as he had soon made up ground on the fleeing deer,scencing its fate the deer decided to stand and face the dog,by now they where another 100 yds from my position,i could see what was happening, i walked closer trying to get into a position to despatch the deer which proved imposible as bob circled the deer who was using his antlers to best effect,as i walked closer the buck on seeing me decided to make another dash withe bob in hot pursute quiclky disapearing over a bank, i stood quietly and was concerned that i was unable to hear bobs bell ringing that is attached to his tracking collar, i continued in the direction i had last seen the pair heading,on reaching the burn at the bottom of the gulley i was very happy to find bob sitting beside a very dead roe buck.
On glalloching the deer i discoverd that the unfortunate beast had been hit slightly low almost destroying the sternum.
What would we do without our dogs?????
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