I've been very lucky to be invited by mr digger9523 of this parish, to go on a few roe stalks.... this was the fourth time he'd taken me out, but the first morning stalk, and we had a result after less than half an hour.
Got me a very healthy roe buck, well healthy except for a broken antler (broken in velvet, we think, close to the base) and the other one had one missing point. I think the shot was at about 140 yards. It was about 5:45am, cool, and a mild on-and-off drizzle.
Bit of a rubbish photo as the light was in the wrong direction:
I kind of knew you have to be quick when the opportunity presents itself, but until it happens you don't realise how true that is. Nick said "He's all yours, take him when you can" and before I had time to think too much about it I'd steadied on my sticks, lined up, and squeezed, and it was all over for bambi.
I was a bit apprehensive about watching the gralloch up close as I'm a bit squeamish, but it was less disturbing / disgusting than gutting a rabbit, to be honest. I think because everything's big enough that you can see what's what, whereas a rabbit it's just a kind of jumble of stinky yuck.
Nick's skill doing the gralloch is humbling... he makes it look so easy. I'm sure the first one I do will end up a total mess. I learned shedloads, it was absolutely fascinating. Plus, he did it with a rather special knife, but I'll give that its own thread.
Cheers Nick.... had a brilliant morning and can't wait for the next opportunity