On a day when most in the South of England would hunker down batten the hatches and prepare the sand bags to shore up the flood defenses, I packed the rifle and extra gear (jackets, wellies and snorkel) into the car and headed out for a days stalking with Robin & Geoff from Kent & Sussex Deer Control, in pursuit of my first Fallow.
Having stalked with Robin before (in the buck season) I knew we would be on a buck or doe today, as I before we had stalked into plenty of fallow previously, regrettably all does and out of season, and only a brief opportunity on two sorrels for which I only have myself to blame in spectating and admiring the view for too long.
After a morning in the high seat with Geoff in the soaking rain I think the only thing drier than us both was the sense of humor that can only be shared by like-minded shooters. Despite the showing of many deer as luck would always have it the never stood or picked the only spot behind a branch to not make the shot.
Despite my misfortune my college on foot with Robin was successful and managed to grass a lovely large doe, to big for manual extraction and Geoff was dispatched to retrieve the Quad to enable extraction. This done we set off for a well-deserved breakfast after which I would be on foot stalking with Robin and my college would take the seat with Geoff.
The afternoon started with us bumping a young fawn buck which we decided to leave for now as we were hopeful of better prospects further in and knowing his ground Robin said we would likely catch this buck up later and could take him then as he wanted him off as he had been left after his mother, a 3 legged doe had been taken the week before.
True to form we staked into a group of does and prickets, and with a nice melanistic doe presenting a shot the round was down range and the doe was down. A quick reload left us checking to see if another presented a shootable opportunity, nothing on and we stood and let things settle before walking in on the downed doe.
Gralloch done and my first fallow on the books we stalked on, finding the young buck bumped earlier we stalked in on him to with in 30 yards with him feeding happily until we could get a safe shot to dispatch this young buck before he faced a winter on his own.
With two down and the sun making a welcome appearance we headed back to the vehicle to begin the extraction of the two beasts.
Many thanks to Robin & Geoff for another excellent day who despite the sever weather warning arrived bang on time, bright and cheery with a cup of java, ready to deliver another memorable day.