Having booked a pm stalk with Robin & Geoff from Kent & Sussex Deer, i set of with a grin from ear to ear despite the bitter winter chill (finally) that has blown in from the east. Despite the cold I knew the gents would have plenty of coffee on tap and plenty of warm chatter and banter which always makes a day out with them rememberable.
We set of on foot for a woodland stalk first in the afternoon and despite the elements and the heavily leafy & twig ground cover we were soon onto deer. Stalking into a pair as we thought, grazing on the edge of the wood, we tipped our cap to these crafty little beasts as what we thought were only two turned out to be four with the old doe craftily hidden up in the thicket keeping a watchful eye, our approach spotted they made off. Checking their spoor and direction we set off to relocate this group. Coming up on a high ground we locate them, alert and jumpy, stalking in we made ready and the briefest of opportunities presenting, the round was away and the first fallow down, a lovely doe.
Gralloch done and a welcome cup of coffee later, we headed off for a evening in a new doe-box Geoff and Robin had just completed. Settling down Robin and I waited for the evening to draw in and the deer to make their way out onto the clover rich field to feed. With the doe-box over looking two fields, Robin took sentry duty the left side and I the right. Time pasted and with the light just at the last, the beady old eyes of Robin spotted a deer who had literally walked the length of the field (my field of observation) undetected by me but thankfully for Robins sharp eyes I was able take a second of the day in what was definably the last of the light, a shot I would never have taken if it wasn't for the Swarovski scopes which still offered a clear shot when the bino's were struggling. Pleased to get this off the ground as he turned out to be very poor headed buck looking more like a prickett than someone of his age.
Thanks again gents for another great afternoon, always a pleasure to head out with you both.
Ps. Geoff...think you could put in a table for the coffee flask in the doe-box, apart form the heater it was all Robin and I could think was missing.