Dont bother mate was the reply i got today upon ringing my farmer to let him know i was going to pop down for a look round
We have had a bit of snow and its freezing hard and i cant see anything showing itself today but its up to you he said.
Dilema do i have a cossy romantic evening in with the wife in front of the fire or travel to deepest darkest dorset and sit in a highseat freezing my bl dy nuts off.
No contest really and in under ten minutes the gear was stowed and i was in the truck and on my way only to find the nearer i got the thicker the snow covering was becoming.
Aproaching my destination
My view upon arrival
After a quick coffee with the farmer and being told i had a cat in hells chance of seeing a deer today it was time to plan my tactics for the evening.
My cunning plan was simply to try and find a clear patch of pasture with a minimal snow covering next to a highseat and sit it out.
There was no point trying a stealthy stalk with every pace sounding like my daughter munching into a bag of crisps crunch crunch so the seat was to be my only option.
After about an hour the cold was starting to bite with the stiffening breeze when to my right out popped a roe then another then another great i thought a chance at least.
Linning up on the nearest doe i was all set to squeeze of the shot when out trots a rather nice fallow closely followed by 34 more inclueding 4 rather large stags.
After thinking i was going to see nothing i now have 3 roe does 1 buck and 35 fallow all in one tiny field and a quick decision was called for with the site of those large stags playing on my mind.
I usually allow myself one good stag a year and have so far declined to take one.
Having invited a sd member down over the festive season to try for a fallow the decision was made to not be greedy and take one of the smaller prickets.
Linning up on the chest i sent the 150 grain hornady sst on its way from the 30.06 to be greeted to the reasuring sound of a well placed strike and a dead beast lying on the grass.
Heres the result
Grallock completed and all abourd it was homeward bound to see the conditions hadnt improved
It got worse
Safely home my mate rang to see how i had faired and was surprised to hear i had had a result as he had declined to accompany me choosing to stay in the warm.
Like i told him you have got to be in it to win it and we were not going to see any deer sat at home.
Have a very merry christmas to one and all and i hope santa brings you what youve asked for, ive asked for a nice blonde
Fallow of course
RICK O SHEA