I went stalking this morning to three permissions close by, one a new Xmas tree plantation I've not been to before, a farm ive had good success at before and my nearest one where I've never shot a deer but seen a few while walking the dog.
i drew a blank at all places, didn't even see any deer, plenty of sign and a fox that just crossed the boundary as I got on the sticks. Maybe the snowfall kept them in hiding. I got home dried all my kit off and had lunch, the wife said i should take the dog for a walk and now that it had cleared up I grabbed the rifle again and went back to my closest permission with a view to walking the dog and taking the rifle "just in case".
I stalked around for an hour and just when it started raining again I gave up and started trudging back to the car. I had just walked out of a clearing making no effort to be stealthy and bugger me there are 4 roe standing not more than 15m away. A mature doe, two young does and a buck with 4 point antlers in velvet. A brief stalemate ensued before they all took off at speed through the woods leaving me to go home wet, cold and empty handed!