JAYB had a while ago invited me over to his bit for the day, I eventually have now got the time, so I arranged with him to pop over today.
After the last few days of extreme frost and temps not getting above 0.5-1'C , I was prepaired for a cold one, last night the temp dropped well below 0 so I was expecting the same again today. To my surprise this morning, it was reasonably mild, all the frost that was there last night was gone and it was just damp, with slight drizzle.
I set off from Inverness at about 0540 to get to JAYB's for 7am as arranged, easy enough to find, shake of the hand and a "Hello" and that was us ready to go.
He drove us to a patch he has of about 250 Acres, thick plantations with good wide rides cutting through at 90' to each other. A brief on boundries and off I went. Plenty of Slots and droppings from Red, Sika and Roe, getting my hopes up of bagging a biggie, not worried about the carcass removal as JAYB had taken his Quad. Stalked around the wood for about an hour then climbed the high seat and got settled in. Having not seen a deer yet but not to be put off, up I went. Very good visability down 4 rides, comfie enough for it's purpose, I got settled in. Looking down 2 of the rides, I could see the weather closing in, the distant trees becoming a blur with the rain. I stayed in the seat for about an hour, again with no deer to be seen. Obviously they had more sense than me to be out in the open on the rides. I climbed down and stalked back to the car.
Meeting up with JAYB again, he said he had maby seen the white of a deer, but it was that brief, he wasn't sure. Sheila, his lovely wife had put together a lunch (Well, Elevenses) for us, so we tucked in, chatting about the SD Stalking week earlier in the year, and general chit chat.
I'd like to thank John for taking the time to get me out on one of his bits, thanks to Sheila for the elevenses and then trying to fill me up with either a bacon roll or stew, which I refused the kind offer, as I was full from the sarnies,crisps and chocolate already in my belly, but I did have a bit of cake .
Thanks for the hospitality, very much appreciated. I wish you, All The Very Best for Christmas and 2010.