I got an invite down to Selby North York’s yesterday for a day on the pheasants I get one or two invites a year down to an old friend he has 350 acres of woodland shoot possibly 10 days 20 to 50 birds a day good crack all driven. So I was really looking forward to it so set off from home at 7am and at 8.25 turned off the main road for the 4 miles on the back lanes to the woodland. I got to the t junction at the end of the first lane to turn right and there in the field in front of me I saw a familiar shape only about 30 yards in to a new wheat field complete with tyre tracks going straight over to it.
A young button roe buck laying on its side I stopped the landy on the verge and walked over the buck. I checked the blink reflex and the buck was frothing at the mouth and passing both blood and saliva judging by the tracks and all the paw marks on the soft soil yet another casualty of the poacher well I say poacher but not as I would poacher as I know them scumbag dog men lamping deer. They did not even have the decency to a finish off the deer move it to the edge of the field of take it with them for dog meat as that would have been all it was fit for.
They just left it to die of a dog bite and exhaustion that’s no fitting end for a deer I dragged the buck to the hedge row and bled it I then had to travel on arriving late at the shoot. Explain to my host what had happened and a couple of phone calls later To the land owner and neighbouring keeper sat having a coffee before the first drive the mood was low.
This is not the first time this has happened it has been going on for a number of years. Because of the way the land is large open fields no hedge rows. A fellow keeper has spent thousands digging ditches all around his boundary. I permission to stalk there and lots of other wood land in the area. Though I have now stopped stalking in the woodland around Selby now. Because I have been stopped more times than I can care to remember by the police wanting to know the inns and outs of a fart who why etc. Then they see the gun bag o my god. Last year they had four successful prosecutions against dog men. Taking their dogs and cars from them and I believe on is now in prison. Was told on Thursday night the police stopped a couple of lampers the car had no insurance and they let them go with a producer.
The day for me did picked up with a couple of good shots and a few birds in the bag but the site of that buck left in the field is still with me.
all the best ash