Last Thursday I spent another great day with Jason (Muntjacstalker) on his ground around Biggleswade.
Following a successful morning, the afternoon finally provided a group of two does and a buck feeding close to a woodland edge in fading light about 90 yards away. I took the nearest doe which promptly ran off and disappeared into the wood.
This is only my third year of stalking, and so far I have been fortunate in avoiding having runners.
Once into the wood, Jason was able to spot tiny drops of blood on grass and twigs, sometimes with gaps of several yards (it was by now dark).
It took about 20 minutes to find the doe; dead, with decent heart/lung entry but a small exit wound, suggesting very slight blood loss (.308 Power Shok 150 gr).
The point of all this is discovering the degree of diligence in tracing the animal. I realise this may be common proceedure to many, but this was the first time I had seen it done, and I was most impressed.
My Meopta scope is a 3-9x42 Meopro fitted as a stop-gap about a year ago, but it does a fine job and at low light levels it seems to me to have a slight edge over my Duralyt.
It was certainly up to the job that evening, and I was even more impressed when, on returning to the vehicle, I realised I had forgotten to remove the lens covers....