Weather was beautiful on Saturday morning, not a cloud as I left the house at five. I waited on a high spot at first light to snipe any sika on there way back to the forest. As usual I spotted a few hinds, calfs, a spike and a stag on neighbours land but wasn't sure if I was welcome to take one. After a coffee I went to higher ground, removed moderator and bipod from the rifle to get the weight down and readjusted scope for no mod use. From the high ground I spotted a hind and calf in the valley next to a stream which had low forest on both sides. While sneaking through the high grass in the shadow of the forrest I saw a stag also in the shade about 300yds down from me close to the hind and calf.
I hugged the forest and kept going. After a while I bumped into the calf and hind who where heading up the valley, we looked at each other for a while at about 50yds until they had enough and buggered off. From where I saw the stag last I got to about 80yds and sat down with the rifle ready. Stag was out of sight but the terrain was also very rough so I waited.
He reappeared down valley on the other side and was about to go into the forest. I was sure it was around 200yds and I took the shot a bit higher than normal hoping to upset the spine. I heard no impact sound and the deer just ran away, I thought typical 243... ranged the distance it was 196 yds. Didn't find any hair or blood at the spot he stood. The damp grass showed me his direction of travel and after 35yds he was lying stone dead. The 80gr SP bullet was under the skin opposite side of the ribcage. Bigger problem was getting the fella back to the car.
sorry for the picture quality.