about 5 weeks ago i got my first farm with a few deer on it and was asked by the farmer to get rid of them asap.
The deer (3 roe) were living in a 4 acre wood which was surrounded by an orchard on 3 sides, the orchard being the reason the farmer wanted them removed. on my first recce of the wood i caught a glimpse of the deer and over the next week i saw them another 3 times.
The farmer rang me and said 1 of the deer had been run over which left me just 2.
I built myself a high seat at work from an old ladder and put it in the wood but had no luck so i moved the high seat to the other end of the wood and early last saturday had a doe walk within 10 yards of me but due to being the wrong side of the hedge offered no shot.
I went lamping foxes on tuesday night and saw the deer in the orchard and thursday after work i had another stalk and got within 50 yds but again they winded me and were gone. Bloody frustrating this stalking
This morning i was up early again and in the orchard by dawn, i stalked around the entire orchard but saw nothing so i headed back to the truck and whilst walking along the edge of the wood i was looking in desperation for the deer when suddenly barely 40 yds in the wood was a doe, i expected her to race off again but she didnt move so as slowly as i could i put the 25-06 onto the sticks and sent a 100gn sp on its way,
she collapsed at the shot and then the other roe appeared and instead of being a small button buck or doe it was in fact a very nice 6 point buck in velvet.
I carried out the gralloch and carried her back to the truck, im not sure what she weighs but shes big
Hopefully the buck will stay around for the next 5 weeks.
Im very pleased on getting my first succesful solo stalk under my belt and look forward to many more