A quick write up about the weekends stalks.
Saturday evening we had a guest out on the Fallow (Kieran222 of here).
We arrived at the estate to resonable weather but the by the time we got out of the vehicles it was raining then sleeting, "great"
We sat off Stuart to look over some woodland edge, Andy and Kieran to a seat and I was off to stalk some woodland with Max.
As I got to the edge of the wood I spotted a three legged doe so I backed up and rang Andy to bring Kieran up to try for her.
They arrived and I showed them where she was feeding although I could no longer see her. They made there approach and Andy spotted the doe tight against the wood as it was now hailing again, he was a true generous host instructing Kieran to crawl to the edge of the bank in the very muddy field while staying on his feet directing from behind .
Kierans shot the doe and I walked down to them and let Max have a warm up run to find her.
Andy and Kieran headed up to another seat to try thier luck at last light. I continued my previous stalk and bumped a few does which went past Stu giving no chance of a shot. By the time a I got to Stu it was snowing heavy with huge wet flakes that slapped into your face "NICE"
Stu went of to another seat and I unloaded the quad and dealt with Kierans doe then sat in the truck with the heater on listening to England get humiliated at rugby
The guys came back at dark and visabilty down to 50 metres in the mist and what was now rain/sleet having seen no deer, I think they had more sense than us to be out in that weather.
Sunday morning Andy and I were out on on Muntjac. The morning couldn't have been more different form the evening before it was about -1 and a light covering of snow on all the high ground but at dawn the sun was trying to break through.
Andy and I were stalking different ends of the estate and would meet up later.
I set off to an area where we had seen quite a few deer moving around a game cover and found bugger all
I dropped down int the woods and it was a different world much warmer this felt better.
I had only gone about 200 yards down the ride when Max indicated deer. I stood still for about a minute before spotting a buck heading up the oppisite bank, he didnt look like he was hanging around obviously aware of us.
I had the K95 on the sticks just in case he hesitated which he did but only offering a neck shot through a gap in the trees, As the dot found the back of his neck I felt stable so I squeezed the trigger and K95 barked and the buck rolled down the bank without a twitch.
I cleaned the buck and dropped down through the woods enjoying the sun and half heartedly looking for another deer. I got a text of Andy he was already finnished for the morning so i headed down to the road to meet him. Max gave the game away sniffing around the back of his truck before he could tell me he had been successfull.
Andy had had a nice morning watching three Muntjac chasing around for quite a few minutes before finally shooting a nice buck.