Sunday saw me having my second attempt at a Chinese Water Deer.
Following the previous nights rain, and last weeks snow, the ground was now well
and truly waterlogged. Which made the soil in the fields very sticky. I recon I must
have been carrying anything up to 5kgs of soil on each foot at a time, it was even
building up on the bottom of my sticks.
The first area I went round I saw three Chinese Water Deer, all out in the open, all
lying down. I stalked into one, tried to make it stand up by whistling, lets say they
arenít as stupid as roe and early season fallow. They donít stand; they just run (over
the boundary). I got to within 130m of a second one, had the cross hairs lined up but
it too was lying down. I did contemplate a neck shot but it was very windy, and I was
on sticks so didnít go for it in the end.
I waited about half an hour for the little bugger to get up, but something spooked him
and he was up like a shot. This third may have actually been the second, Iím not sure,
but it was laid up right in the middle of the field and so I decided not to bother.
I headed back to the car to let the dog out for a pee and a bite to eat (for me), and
then it was off to another area. I parked up and made my way to some fields. Things
werenít looking to great; minimal slots and those that I could see werenít fresh ones,
anyway I carried on and then heard something bounding away in the adjacent field
(different land owner). Still, things were looking more promising.
No more than 100m further on I glassed a hedge line in front to see one mooching and
browsing. At this point it was about 220m away and the only option was sticks due to
the long grasses in the field margin. I decided I needed to get closer in. Every time
the head went down, I went closer. Helped by a strong wind at 90 degrees to carry
scent and noise away I managed to get into about 60m of it. Up went the sticks and
bang, she dropped on the spot from the chest shot.
My first CWD, a doe, larder weight was 20lbs. Needless to say she wasnít a struggle
to carry back to the car.
I finished the day off sat in a highseat, although I sacked it off before dusk as the wind
was making it too bloody chilly.
As I donít have a larder fridge to hang deer in I butchered her up to put in the bottom
of my fridge for a few days before processing properly. There was a good bit of fat
on her, she was in lovely condition.
All in all a nice day out.