I saw something this weekend which in many years of stalking and deer management I have never seen in the wild before, and if I bore any one with this account I apologise , but to me it was another great moment.
I had two Belgium clients this weekend for Roe Buck, and a good friend of mine accompanied me to my lease in West Sussex who has stalked for me for about 18 years.
Apart from a terrible Saturday morning, with not much showing and heavy rain, by midday the weather broke and Saturday evening looked promising. I decided to stalk and area that has a large open area with some good natural regeneration and a host of bluebells still out. Scanning the area with the binos I noticed a lone Roe doe behind a small clump of Blackberry bush and small Birch trees. Nothing unusual there I know but her behaviour led me to think she had a fawn nearby.
This proved to be the case as myself and the client moved along the tree line which was about 40yds away. To my suprise out stepped a new born fawn still black and wet and just about able to stand. The doe gently licked her new borne offspring, and the look on my dogs face said it all, he just cocked his head to one side and sied.
We left the doe and carried on taking a good old six point buck at about 8.30pm.
This morning we passed the same spot and she was there again, but we were just passing through. Making our way to another wood I saw a fox cross the ride. Up with the sticks and a quick squeak and out he came , never to leave.
10 minutes later we had two Roe Bucks in the bag off one field. One very old buck with a deformed head and a yearling. Todd my Bavarian was in his element, and the clienty was very happy.
The moment with the doe and fawn was a magical one, my only regret is that I did not have a camera, although mine is a mickey Mouse one anyway, but it would have made a cracking photo