Just wanted to say a big (belated) thank you to Mike from Jelen for an excellent stalk recently.
I was positioned in a very picturesque high seat in the new Jelen patch in the New Forest. I had been shown around the ground beforehand and what a patch it is. Massive and covered in deer slots everywhere!
After a chilly hour or so I spotted movement in the ride running parallel to the one I was looking down from the seat. It was a muntjac!!! A look through the bins confirmed it as a buck. I slowly moved the rifle into position and prepared for a shot. Unfortunately as I have heard is typical this muntjac wasn't stopping and grazing whilst walking away, only pausing while obscured by trees. This continued as I followed him through the scope, until he disappeared from view.
Undeterred I slowly made my way down from the seat collecting my sticks and stalked towards the point where I had lost sight of him. Again movement caught my eye and the buck reappeared foraging towards the ride I had been covering from the seat. I set up the sticks but again no shot was possible due to him being obscured by foliage. A gentle reposition on the sticks later and I set up with a view of the ride with the seat on it. I could still see the buck but needed him to move into the open.
After a few seconds he did as I hoped and stepped onto the ride. A quick ooooiiiiiiiii from me was enough to stop him broadside where the crack of my .308 sent the 150 grain round towards the buck. I was rewarded by a satisfying thud as the round entered his vitals knocking him from his feet.
I quick work of the bold whilst covering him through the scope for a few minutes confirmed that he was down for the count. I made my way to him to check for any signs of eye reflex before admiring my first muntjac! A very happy moment.
Sods law, if I had stayed in the seat I would have had the perfect shot but hey ho all's well that ends well.
Again a big thanks to Mike and a recommendation to anyone who wants to go out on some quality ground without breaking the bank!