Got my first buck of the year last night. Got in position near a fence about 100m from a woodland edge, the fence is at right angles to the wood and the wind blowing off the wood. After about an hour a buck appeared about 100m my right browsing on whin flowers. I watched him for half an hour but couldn't get a clear shot through the bushes. Eventually he melted back into the wood, good head, I'll be back for him. While I watched him another buck had wandered out about 200m to my left, he was watching something further left and set off towards it at a fair lick along the edge and down a slope where I couldn't see him. After a wee while I decided to follow him and crept up the fence and stalked uphill along the edge of the wood. Getting to the top of the slope I could see him just 80m away having supper in a grass field with a couple of ladies, nice clean shot, prone, side on, good stuff Federal V-shock!
My new knife is a real find. Stainless steel, folding stanley type knife. £5.99 with a set of spare blades. It's sharp as scalpel and did a great job of the gralloch - cleans up well in the dishwasher too and won't go blunt while B+Q sells blades. On reflection I might try some of those lino-hook blades for "unzipping" but the normal ones are fine. Always wanted a fancy knife but I don't think I''ll be bothering now. Picked a up a second one in B+Q on the way back from work.