this big boy had to be culled today ,after a visit to the park on sunday my mate decided he was too lame and was taking too much punishment from the other bucks to continue with the rut .
we arrived at the park to find him laying down and with the herd spread out we watched for a while and he got up and was very lame hobbling off .he got into a very nice position and i crawled froward from the access gate and got on the bipod taking him with a high neck shot with the 6.5 ,he was instantly pole axed i reloaded but he hardly twitched. a sandy coloured fawn we had ear marked for culling also got in a good position and he was taken too .two shots in 10 seconds job done .
as you can see his back right hoof was in a bad way both sides were like this and although it didnt smell like a sheeps with foot rot it was obvious he was not going to enjoy the rut any longer so i think my mate grahams decision to cull him was a wise one.
not the most pleasant jobs to take a superb looking beast but when they are not 100% with little chance of recovery it was a job well done .