I reckon this could be one of those posts that keeps re-surfacing!!!
Not this morning, but last night I went off to a local wood on the edge of town. I can only really shoot from a high seat in there for safety reasons. I quietly stalked to a central high seat which is actually on a footpath with two shoot lanes cut on the other side of the path into the wood. There was a lovely roe buck in velvet along with a young roe doe already in the left-hand lane! They either winded or heard me and sliipped into the small strip of wood between the two lanes. Climbed into the seat and waited for them to re-emerge so as to cull the young doe. All was looking good!
Then, I heard some movement and began to mount the rifle on the shoot rail expecting the two roe to re-appear.
Imagine my surprise when two young lads strided out into the shoot lane instead!
Evening ruined, but a good reality check as to why I need to be very careful in that wood!
I've had numerous previous stalks ruined in the same wood for a multitude of reasons, including a 4 man armed response unit with supporting police helicopter!
What's just ruined yours?????