Went out this morning at 5am. Having spotted and shot a muntjac on one of my own permissions a few weeks back for the first time i was back out this morning determined to try and bag another one, this time no getting distracted by the bunnies or foxes (although Charlie probably would have copped it for an easy shot).
The permission in question is a large private golf course and country club estate in Watford, Hertfordshire. It is surrounded by woods which i know have both Muntjac and other deer however i basically have no access to these woods (around 5% is within my boundaries) . However within my permission there is a small woods (about 6 square acres) which is mine to shoot as i like and is currently lush with Bluebells which I suspect is helping to attract the munties in. The only downside is that there are very few paths in the woods which is a nightmare, as most of the time you have to walk rough through the undergrowth which makes being even remotely silent almost impossible.
I started by stalking along the south egde of the woods slowly, confident that conditions seemed perfect to bag a deer this morning but didnt see anything on my way, when i reached the far side of the wood i decided to cross out into a small copse adjacent as last week i saw a Doe run into there. I had a quick wander in there but didnt get far when i started to hear a muntjac barking from behind me back in the woods. So i turned back on myself and headed back into the Bluebell woods... i was following the sound of the barking trying to sense the direction of it, i was getting closer and moving faster !
.... unfortunately i was so determined to get to the barking muntjac this distracted me from using my eyes to check what i was doing and suddenly, right in front of me I saw the @rse end of another muntjac bouncing away from me at speed across the woods... ! i had gotten distracted by the barking muntjac and failed to watch what i was doing and come across a lovely munty without even realizing it !... and paid the price !
For the rest of the morning I decide to stalk out the rest of my woods to see if i could locate the the barking muntjac or even the one which had ran from me, however it seemed that either they had left or they had heard me coming as after that i didnt see or hear anymore for the morning. I could have been kicking myself over my rookie stalking mistake, however on the bright side, it was a beautiful morning out shooting, i got a couple of awesome pictures of the woods and at least i saw another deer on my permission!
Next time i think i might get there before sun rise, find a nice high spot with a nice open view of the forest floor and try and sit it out for an hour or two and see if i can get one as it walks through the forest ! unfortunately i dont have a high seat in there at present although im considering buying one.. especially it if the muntjacs stay on after the bluebells are gone ... anyway back out maybe Wednesday morning to try my luck again !
Will keep you all posted !