Well lads, set off for Scotland at 4.00am after taking a lot of painkillers (put my back out on Fridays pheasant shoot)!, 3.5hr drive including 1hr on a single track road that was covered in ice. to get onto some forestry ground I haven't shot for a while. I managed to get onto the snow line just as the sun came up, i set off on a quad track across a cleared fell, but griff (my GWP) kept wanting to head onto the top, i finally gave in and followed him as he had his head up high and blowing a lot, (a sure sign that deer are near) the temp was -5 and there was a bitter wind so god knows what the wind chill was up there.
It took me over an hour to cross that fell, I crawled over every rise expecting to see deer but no luck, i got to within 150yds of the tree line at the end and felt like kicking the dog when he locked up on point. i crawled over the brow and there were two roe does sunning themselves right on the edge of the fell about 90yds away, i got set up really quick and chest shot the first, as i reloaded to shoot the second i i was still watching the first, and its reaction to shot looked like i had hit her too far back, (guts).
I swung back on her and shot her again as she set off towards the trees. thankfully she dropped. roe no2 made off before i could shoot again, so really p***ed off at myself for fluffing the first shot. I sent griff on and let him find the deer as a reward then had a look at the damage as i gralloched it. the first bullet had hit just behind the shoulder breaking 2 ribs and then turned left and destroyed the liver and rumen no damage to the heart and lungs. second shot high chest other side so no mix up with shots.
A total 0f 7hrs driving 4 hrs walking for just the one roe, but one of the most enjoyable days ive had this season, it felt good to be out there. pity my back doesnt think so.