5am start on Sunday morning, it had been raining all evening and night before so I guessed they'd be out feeding at first light.
I was trying a high seat in a different position as had seen tracks where I couldn't see from my usual position. For 2 hours I sat freezing my nuts off, I'd heard some roe but nothing close, so I decided to quietly climb down from the high seat and check out the area I usually shot onto. A big buck and three does were happily chewing away on the nursery's profits, but I had no shot as I was on the ground and in line with a caravan park! The largest doe began working her way towards me, and I saw an opportunity - if she got withing 15ft the angle of the shot would be the same as a high seat and end up in the ditch behind her. I quietly set the gun against a polytunnel I was hiding behind and waited for her to walk into the shot. BOOM! Probably about 15ft away through the engine room... but she took off! I lost sight of her but as I tried to follow I saw the other doe standing with her ass towards me facing out onto the crop fields, feeling confident I put the cross hairs between the base of her ears and she dropped on the spot!
I spied what I thought was the doe running into the fields - I followed to try and get another shot. The deer was now about 150m away, and not on my permission - the farmer would prob be ok with me finishing something off but it was dodgy! (please let's not start on the legalities because I know what the law is on this) I was looking through my bino's to see if it was showing any signs of expiring when I noticed antlers! "Bugg*r" I thought, where was the doe I'd shot?! As I turned around she was about 10ft behind me next to the shrubs. H&L shot but the adrenaline had gotten her about 20m from where I shot her, and would guess the closeness meant the round zipped through without a great deal of initial damage.
Not a bad start to the Doe season, and the landowner was very happy as they've been decimating his shrub nursery!
I've never shot a deer in the head before as was always told H&L was the most sure-fire way of ensuring it went down with no jaws being shot off etc, and H&L shots have always worked for me! - following a thread I'd started on here a while ago I'd had some great advice about when to take the head shots (facing towards or away usually). I remember the advice and worked out well, though wasn't prepared for the mess it left!