Just got back from a stint with overseas clients on my areas in Bedfordshire, and for a change the weather was reasonable!!
The total for the 6 outings and 3 clients was 6 Muntjac and 2 CWD, with 4 missed beasts. However on the Tuesday evening I had the most amazing evening on the ground. Both myself and one of the clients had settled into the highseat by 3pm, and within 30 minutes we had 2 CWD enter the field and started to graze. At the same time we had a very nice Munty buck make an appearance about 80yds from the seat, although not in a shootable position.
There was certainly something else coming out behind it, which proved to be a doe. As we were about to squeeze on off the buck turned and went back into cover leaving the doe out. Damn it!! I asked the client if he wanted to stalk the CWD and we decided to go for it. He was not concerned about the sex of the beast and just wanted to take his first CWD. Mission accomplished and back to the seat.
Great I thought plenty of time to get a Munty buck as well? The light began to fade and one by one we could see 4 Munties about 200yds away on the other side of the L shaped field. We left it a little longer in the hope that the buck we had seen earlier would return, but he didn't show. By this time we could see more Muntjac coming out in the far corner. It was at this time that I recommended we stalk into them and get a buck on the floor before the light left us completely.
The client agreed and we started to stalk the nearest two Muntjac which were about 180yds. As we approached the 100yd mark, I was amazed to see a further line of Muntjac piling out of the wood. In total we had 18 Muntjac in front of us. That's the most I have ever seen on this one area of the field, the total before that was 15.
Two quick shots taken with the rifle and two dead Muntjac, One nice representative buck and a doe. Total 3 deer off one area of the field in one evening, and more to the point we could have shot a third as they hardly took any notice of the shots.
The following evening Tom took one of the other clients to the same spot and shot a huge Munty Buck which would easily make gold, however the buck only had one antler and proved to be a freak head as it had never had another antler and had a slightly malformed pedicle.
All in all a good 3 day hunt with clients, two of whom had hunted with us before. Thanks to Tom and Dan at Woburn we also managed a private tour of Woburn Estate for the clients which they very much appreciated.
Back on the Fallow and Roe this weekend and with a fully booked diary right through to the end of March I am looking forward to a few days off in the Spring.
Good hunting to you all.