I was out this evening for a quick look on one of my few Roe permissions to try for a buck. After stalking along a ride and round a release pen to a nicely positioned tree in the middle of a wood I let everything settle for a while and started to call. Nothing doing after a few minutes so I took the call from my pocket and called loudly. I hadn't done 1 set of loud calls before there was a hell of a crashing and a young, just about fully grown Muntjac doe appeared about 30 yards away and shot to within 2/3 yards of where I was standing (wish i'd had a camera ready), looking straight at me; she looked for about 10 seconds then bounded to 30 yards grunting where I dropped her on the spot.
After gralloching her and hanging in a nearby tree I went back to the original tree and thought i'd try my luck again. After a few repetitions, I tried a loud call again. I caught movement between the trees although the light wasn't good enough to tell what it was at that distance, there was another deer approaching me, it used all the available cover to get to around 30 yards where it stood with its head behind a bush, it was a huge Muntjac buck but by the time I was able to properly id him, he had winded me and was gone.
I have read here and elsewhere about calling munties and heard conflicting opinions on whether it is worthwhile. I have tried a few times but in fact have never seen a munty on an outing when I have tried calling and had written the idea off, even thinking it could be scaring them away. I have always used highseats or sat overlooking likely places with good results but tonight has convinced me that calling for Muntjac is worthwhile, at least at this time of year. I'd be interested to know if it's just the time of year or whether people who have sucess in calling muntjac are able to do it all year round. I was surprised when the first one came but amazed at the second, there was only about a 5 minute gap between shooting the first and seeing the second, the wood was only a few acres and my rifle has no moderator.