2nd night of foreign stalkers out after good Roe heads.
Yesterday produced 4 nice bucks between 2 of them, 1 i expect to turn out Gold, and the other a Bronze possibly.
The chap im looking after is normally good as gold but after stalking around tonight we bumped into a good buck about 120 yards away. Through my binos he looked to be the large beast that we have left for the last 3 years.
On the sticks, whistle for him to stop and bang, then plop and the buck jumps in the air and runs off straight into a thick wood.
Walk back to the car and drive round, by this time it is 21.55 and is dark. Torch decides to pack up and with no spare batteries have to stick to the outside of the wood with my terrier trying to pick a scent, but sadly didn't.
Felt real bad having to call the tracking and recovery off but had no other choice or resources.
Means i now have to get up at 3.30am drive 70 miles and spend a while looking for blood that the rain hasn't washed away before going to look after Pheasants.
To top it all after driving over some flinty ground I have a slow punture which I'll have to pump up before i leave in the morning
Lesson learnt that I should carry a spare flash light
Only good thing about recovering it is I didnt hear it crash through too much undergrowth so hope it had laid up and bled out quickly.