On the way home from work Thursday evening I got a phone call from a local farmer who had seen a buck in a wheat field that he had been spraying that afternoon. It had injured his back leg. While he was spraying it just stopped amnd watch the sprayer go past him. He said he stoppe dthe sprayer and the buck hobbled to a headland and bedded down.
So dropped off to home first and got my gear sorted as I was going out that evening anyway for a bit of a reccy on a piece of ground. So a detour was in order and called at the farm house and we went to look for said buck.
We went to the field and the hedge where he was spotted last and as the farmer thought where he was, we spotted the tips of his antlers in the tall headland. He was tucked up tight to the wire. We were only 40m away so I whistled, a little twitch from the antlers, nothing, shouted at him, a little more movement but he was not going to get up.
So we waited a while to see what he was going to do, the farmer then got his sprayer which was still park up in the gateway. He approached to where I was standing but over the fence from me. This was enough for the buck to get to his feet and walk towards me a few meters. Shouted and he stopped in a safe position with a good backdrop as the field was going away up hill. Dropped him with a neck shot.
A shame as he looked to be a promising young buck.
The farmer said he had seen the master buck chasing a couple of other bucks away earlier that day so we can only assume when this buck jumped a fence he got his lower part of his back leg hung up.
Not the best conditions to be taking a buck but at least he wont be suffering anymore