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    Deer of a lifetime

    Well folks, last weekend I boarded the SleazyJet flight from Geneva over to London Gatwick and headed to SikaMalc's place down in West Sussex to meet up with Pine Martin to chase some roe bucks.

    The flight over was uneventful and the Swiss are very civilised and slick when it comes to checking in your firearm (no surprises there then).

    Picked up the hire car and drove down to Malc's. Had a brew and a bit of a natter after Malc had dropped Tony off at a high seat, we the went and checked the zero on the rifle after being flown over. Headed over to the B&B, had a pub dinner and turned in for the 315 start.

    We drove over to the ground and from the car park spied a roe in some scrub. We headed off on the necessary round-a-bout route to try and get onto it but it had cleared off. We waited on a wooded crest of a hill and a roe of some description crossed a corner of a field a looooong way away. No dice so we waited some more and what turned out to be a very small buck crossed back across the same corner of the field. Couldn't make a direct approach so waited for him to go in then headed on a circular route to get round the wind. Dropped down to where we hoped he would come out but no dice. Called it quits and headed back as it turned out at the right time.

    Evening stalk was a high seat session and for this one Pine Martin was joining the party. The ladies came out and even had one old roe doe couched and intermittently browsing behind the seat for best part of 90mins but the gentlemen were conspicuous by their absence. Oh well, not a completely wasted evening, had the pleasure of meeting Joe.

    Following morning came around and I was out with Malc again. Saw quite a few does then coming through a hedge... A BUCK! And what a buck it was too. A quick discussion about various things and we went on to stalk in, Malc reckoning "certain silver, if he's got the width at the base, he'll go gold". This buck was incredible. At ~300m we could see it was a good buck. We went back through the hedge, looped around, back through the hedge line at the top of the field. Buck was 80 m away. Sticks went up. I had to reposition but put the cross hairs on him. He was aware of us but not sure of the nature of the threat we posed. At this point I started having doubts. There he stood, iridescent russet, in excellent condition, good weight and with an awesome hat rack. At this point I started to have my doubts... Thought ran through my head "Never mind, safety off, let's go" safety came off, cross hairs hovering just nicely on his flank. He was framed beautifully in the scope, not much else around, just him, the cross hairs and this little dot. I took one breath to make sure all was steady and breathed out. Nothing. I couldn't shoot him, he was too good. Put the safety back on, mumbled something to Malc along the lines of "Can't, don't wanna, he's too good" we watched for not much longer before off he went. I followed Malc back through the hedge, maybe not physically shaking but certainly shaken. "No problem, lets go find something smaller" we set off and stalked through some fields encountering a doe that just kept turning broadside about 40m out from us in the hedgeline. Anyway, a little further on we watched an intersection of hedges and a doe with 2 gorgeous fawns still dappled came towards us down the edge of the field to about 50m. We saw one buck in the field beyond moving at some speed but didn't catch up with him and that was that.

    So, an excellent but frustrating weekend but proof that it isn't just about shooting something. I let quite possibly the best deer I am ever likely to put my cross-hairs on walk. And I don't regret it a bit.

    ATB,

    Scrummy
    (PS the trip home was eventful but I shall put another thread up about that)

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    Well done. Shows you are a proper hunter and conservationist. If it was that good, let it allow its genes to go a bit further. Stalkers and hunters understand about the beauty of the creatures we hunt, even if the opposition would like to picture us all as cold blooded killers. Just shows that we are much better than the opposition think.

    David.

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    As always Mike a pleasure stalking with you, hope the trip back home was not to troublesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sikamalc View Post
    As always Mike a pleasure stalking with you, hope the trip back home was not to troublesome.
    Pleasure stalking with you too! Amazing what a difference a drop in the wind on Sunday morning did for us huh? Still, nice to see plenty of deer if not of the right sex. The Lynx effect strikes again! Looking forward to the next time mate, will have to get the diaries out...
    Last edited by scrumbag; 18-06-2013 at 07:06.

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    I enjoyed your write-up and I am impressed you chose to do what felt right to you as there is inevitable pressure when you are out on your last stalk of the weekend having not connected and additionally from being out with a guide, however relaxed they may be.
    Neal

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    Quote Originally Posted by mallettn View Post
    I enjoyed your write-up and I am impressed you chose to do what felt right to you as there is inevitable pressure when you are out on your last stalk of the weekend having not connected and additionally from being out with a guide, however relaxed they may be.
    Neal
    Cheers Neal, was an easy choice in the end really.

    ATB,

    Scrummy

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrumbag View Post
    Cheers Neal, was an easy choice in the end really.

    ATB,

    Scrummy
    Congratulations on your restraint, although admittedly, that would have been an expensive freezer full of venison! By the way, that rifle of yours is very nice indeed. Perhaps a little too clean still, but still, good choice. So what did Easyjet or the BAA put you through on the way back then? I take they didn't like your rifle as much as I did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pine Marten View Post
    Congratulations on your restraint, although admittedly, that would have been an expensive freezer full of venison! By the way, that rifle of yours is very nice indeed. Perhaps a little too clean still, but still, good choice. So what did Easyjet or the BAA put you through on the way back then? I take they didn't like your rifle as much as I did.
    PM, thanks for reminding me to put that thread up. I liked your little stutzen, first I've ever handled, and pointed very nicely.

    Scrummy

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    Well done you, not many would admit to doing what you did. I will save Malcolm from having to restock anyway

    John
    A clever man knows his strengths, a wise man knows his weaknesses

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