Thanks to the generosity of Sako85 I was able to take advantage of the prize donated by Nielaj
Sako 85 won the prize but, luckily for me, due to his work commitments, he was not able to take it.
As I am an old age pensioner living on the breadline Sam felt sorry for me and asked Alex if I could stand in and Alex very kindly agreed.
I arrived at the Estate nice and early to be greeted by a smiling Alex who promptly put me on the Quad and transported me to the other side of the Estate where we started our stalk.
On stepping into the wood, there were so many slots I expected to be trampled by Deer
unfortunately there were also Pony hoof prints, boot prints and dog paw marks also.
The woodland was a mixture of belts of semi mature Beech, fir and hazel with wild hedges that had been taken over by 'old mans beard', lovely wind breaks and cover for Muntjac.
It was a bright sunny day and being a Saturday, just the right conditions for Ramblers, dog walkers and Pony riders, we met them all. Whatever was going through Alex's mind when we met them I can only imagine
We saw several Roe including a real beauty of a six pointer and a lovely Roe Doe quite well gone too, so fat, as if she was full of Christmas pudding
I have never seen such skinny squirrels of which I saw several.
We were still determined to find the Fallow or a Roe maiden but everything else was presenting itself and it was such a lovely day I just enjoyed the quiet beauty of the Scenery and animals at peace HOWEVER !!!
On the last stretch of woodland before reaching the vehicle we spotted a movement in the brambles -------- a Muntjac
It would not stand still and scuttled across our front for probably the best part of twenty five yards, all the time behind bramble with the occasional exposure but either facing us or with it's back to us.
Eventually it was crossing an open area between two trees, so I took aim and fired It dropped on the spot
Alex then had to get 'down and dirty' which made a change for me as that is usually my job.
It was great just standing there watching him do the mucky bit while I poured myself a cup of coffee.
I did think of offering him one but knew he couldn't because his hands were dirty
I did give him a cup when he had finished and carried the carcas to the track for collecting later.
We then sat on a Hillock overlooking a new plantation and watching the edge of a wood as the sun went down, it was an enjoyable end to a beautiful day.
Thank you Sam and Alex.