Yesterday started with getting into bed @ 6am with the intention of getting up about midday & then going stalking.
Well that didn't happen, little girl waking up,phone ringing,alarm going off,phone call, little girl, little girl lost her school bag. So I got up at 08.45hrs, to a lovely sunny morning.
So sorted out the dogs drunk a few cups of coffee & decided to go early, so after an hours drive in the old landy I arrived at my shoot
I drove down the track that seperates the small wood. I can shoot on the right but not the left & previously the deer have always been on the left bit, but today there was about 8 about 80 yards to the right, level with the gate. Luck was on my side, the gate was open so I didn't have to get out & mess around with the padlock.I drove down to the buildings & sorted my kit out before slowly walking back to the area. I crept past the gate & YES they were still there. I came to a small clearing & took up a postion next to a large tree, I could still see them but there was some undergrowth in between & didn't have a clear shot. I stood for a while & worked out my safety angles & yes if they moved slightly I would have a oppertunity through a small clearing, with no twigs in the way.
It was now that I noticed how quickly my heart was pounding away, so calmed myself down. Then they moved slightly & I had a clear shot broadside at about 80 metres, I placed the cross hairs on a doe & slipped the safety off & squeezed the trigger. Bang thump & she dropped, the others in the group erupted & charged through the wood towards me. A pricket stopped about 40 metres in front of me, I had already reloaded another round & I had the chance of a second safe shot broadside. I can't actually remember thinking about aiming but I took the shot & the beast jumped into the air with all 4 feet of the ground & dropped on the spot. I reloaded another round & ducked behind the tree as a deer flew past at head heigth. I could of had the chance at another, but decided against it.
I checked both beasts were dead & made my rifle safe & then started my first attempts at grollocking my deer. I have watched my friend a few times & watched the BDS video numerous times. I have decided it is like watching snooker on the telly,. they make it look so easy. However I don't think I did too bad for my first attempts, everthing came out intact & the carcass seemed fairly clean.
The shot in the doe had struck the heart but had also caused what looked like a lot of damage to the lungs, they were really mashed up.
The shot on the pricket had also hit the heart but ther was a lot less damage to the lungs.
What a day finally my first two solo deer of my own small piece of land, (no stray dog walkers as per previous postings) what a feeling I was singing to myself all the way home( the landy hasn't got a radio).
I did learn a few bits though, like don't put your knife down as I stuggled to find it a few times.
Take a few layers of clothing off before you start dragging your deer about.
Take something to wash your hands with & a camera to record the moment, although I know I will never forget it.
Also a couple of quick questions ??
Why the difference in damage to the lungs.
Was the reaction to shot of the second deer normal & also the reaction of the other deer running in the direction of the shot?
Rifle used remmy 700 T8 ar moderator using 100 gn remington Corelokt factory ammo.
Sorry if I have bored all of you, but I have to tell someone who would understand this feeling.