The morning saw me heading out to an urban area on the outskirts of Glasgow. It was a muggy morn slightly foggy with a dampness in the air. My friend and i stopped at the end of a Cull-De-sac and quickly walked behind the end house in to a muddy lane. We stalked the area behind the house for a few hours and called in quits not a deer in sight. We were only two minutes from the house when my friend said "i was walking my dog there two days ago and saw a nice wee buck who,s ground is it?" LOL A spin round and parked at the gate gave him the answer. I scanned the area and could not see a deer at all long damp thrashes over two foot tall could hide most anything. I call from my friend looking behind us said i have got him and he described were he was feeding only a small portion of his back visible at any one time.
He lifted his head for a moment and "yes its him". I told my friend to ready his gun and to jump the gate.run about 30 mtrs and he would be clear of the dog walkers coming up the road now only 300 mtr away. He lay down and could not see the buck the dog walkers were getting closer and we now had a cyclist heading in our direction. I walked over to my friend in full view and clapped my hands"there he is i said as he raised his head." My friend took a neck shot and pretty impressive it was. The buck flipped over and lay down on looking round the dog walkers and the cyclist were looking over at the bang but from were they were they could not see what we were shooting at. Made our way back to the car with a good morning to the dog walkers and a good morning came back .
We placed the rifle back in the car and drove the 500 mtr to the farm and parked up bolts out of the gun and a walk with RIA to find the deer while not quite lost this would be a hard find in the deer thresh beds. On the way there we had a chat about the shot and the deer position. I sat Ria down when we were about 50mtr from the spot and told her to find the deer she quickly quartered the ground and suddenly to my right a deer jumped up and ran along an old broken fence. Christ i thought she will chase that one i tried to call her back as she was heading towards the house. My friend shouted she F in catching it it was then i realised this was the same deer and was not in full health.
She turned it and grabbed at its legs it fell and tried to get up she stood in front of its face barking excitedly making sure it did not move my friend ran over and quickly dispatched the deer with his knife and the mad panic was over. A look round saw people walking up the road but in the heavy threshes they would not have seen what was unfolding.
The neck shot had nicked the spine area but had not broke the spine(.243)I must admit to putting a few hours of training in to the bitch over the last two and a half years . But you can train them for events like this i believe it to be natural instinct