Well.......I dunnoe if I'm the bloody jinx or what?
I commented on the lost roe thread .....then went out last night and ended up in similar situation .
So roe Buck destroying farmers asparagus ...he has to go ....been few fleeting glances of him but he kept a low profile .....go to said farm ..I live next door so handy .....sit where I think I can get a safe shot with the current wind....watch a couple does & as they often do the ghost has appeared 140 yds right in front of me .....so rifle already on bipod ( grass park along a Woodside ) , I'm up on an elevated Jill shooting down into the ground .
Beast feeding / browsing left to right , stops momentarily side on & I fire .....hear the "thump" and in the scope watch beast jump up & kick back legs out , then he hits the deck and runs to my right & out of view due to poly tunnels ....I'm thinking I'll wait 5 minutes then get carcass , thinking heart shot or rear lung .
Walk in along grass verge no,sign ....not worried thinking it's gone into the wood and brambles .....I have my lab in the car 5 mins away go get her ....she's not trained for deer , was a grouse keepers dog for picking up etc , but she's helped me get 3 deer that run into cover .
Now I'm thinking just get carcass but I took rifle and flashlight and dog on a normal lead ...light seriously going now ....dog goes 40yds from shot is the then turns into wood and cover 10yds and here's Buck lying under a tree , Buck up & over a burn into heavy cover brambles etc and dog yanks lead out my hand , she got 10 yds and I called her back and she obeyed .....
So it's now last light , I've bumped a deer I thought I had hit clean & the lights now gone .... Now what ?
The helpless feeling of waste & not wanting something to suffer
I thought o pf UKSHA & had the number ...now or never .
So got hold of George ..told him the saga ....he says they have a seminar in Dalkeith next day and friend from Germany is over can he come too? More the merrier experienced hands on deck the better I thought .
So 07:30 this morning guys arrived , head straight to area , talk thru it again and ok, dog n rifle prepped and real close going over shot site ,
Dog showing interest in a bit in the grass, ....George shows us a piece of gut .....
my heart sinks .....must have pulled the shot , but didn't feel like it.....anyway I'm thinkng the way it was not far from shot site under a tree when dog & I bumped it I'm know thinking towards finding a carcass ....not a still alive suffering beast sat up all night ....well I'm thinking hopefully.
Pacha I think the dog was called a Hanoverian.... A right solid muscular beast o a thing plods on the exact track my dog did .....along parallel with wood then turns in and straight to the tree....then another 5 yds to the burn ...walks up n down working the edge but keeps returning to where the beast jumped over ....ok
Over the burn & I say to George I pulled back at this point so can't help anymore .
Dog works slowly through the the brambles and back towards the access road that goes through the the farm .......
Well 5 minutes later & a total as crow flies of maybe 150yds from the shot site is the carcass .....the shot bout 2.5" to 3" too far back gut shot , but beast is stone cold so didn't suffer all night ...
the relief at getting it , the sorrow at fecking it up & losing the venison ....I've skinned and dressed out all the ribs and green ....it will get minced up of dog food .
So , I didn't think I'd pulled the shot , rifle is still zero , did the beast take a step as I fired ? Don't think so but it was slowly browsing left to right & I was close to trying a shout to stop it .
So that's the 2nd time in 12 years I've left a beast out all night because. I couldn't find it , it's not a nice feeling .
I must thank UKSHA & George& his German pal , a real nice gent
Unreal watching this dog do its stuff , and 10 minutes job done.
No more tearing up the asparagus for this lad
I do think could have found it with my dog and light this morning but how long would it have taken us ?
I won't hesitate to call again & peaked my interest in what can be done
Thanks again lads.