X4. Can I have tomorrow off?

Out in Hampshire today first light. Thunder and lightening. Stayed in vehicle until lightning stopped. Some reaction to calls with odd early sightings, bit of chasing.

1. Shot an adolescent roe buck in the head off sticks at 5.20am at 50 yards in small paddock feeding. Thunder clearing/rain faded… out came the midges.

2. Walked through big wood to huge tall grass field, called and at 6am finally buck sprinted through the field across us. Call had no real impact, but the buck stopped at 150 yards, broadside… fired… it bolted off, no obvious sound of a hit or the deer dropping… dog found the beast 150 yards away from impact… incredible for a front cavity / decent shot. Viper-F stick £ payback in a week here!

3. New patch, walking along edge of field and wood. Buttolu called doe in, she hurdled the fence next to me <10 yards away. Then another doe and buck came in through the thick 3 foot high lush grass, same spot 2 mins later… all I could see was the antlers with hazel leaves below… low head shot at ?12 yards at 7.15am. Shot with sticks on tip toes.

4. Carried 200 yards further on, silencer saw no deer activity reduction… upon another roe buck and doe pair in no time. Calling seemed to have v little impact on that roe pair they chased one another away… I turned behind / 180 degrees into the wood - a muntjac buck ?yearling had come in. Shot in the head at 30 yards at 7.15am.

Off to the cafe for breakfast. 4 clean shots, 4 clean carcasses.

Moral of the story… one of the worst weather forecasts in a year and I have had my best stalking outing in 10 years = get out there people! That is 5 roe bucks and a muntjac buck this week… can I have tomorrow off?

Stay safe.
 

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FISH BOY

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Nice one. Was out in Surrey and with lightning above, actually got a tad nervous and hid under the seat. Biblical rain but it was the noise of the thunder that shook me.

Went to another seat and had a button buck have a snooze 40 yards out hidden in the ferns. Was sitting it out, but a dog walker 100m behind shouting “Jasper” fecked it - bolted like Linford.

Saw 30 odd lightning bolts on the drive - thoroughly exhilarating being out in nature’s raw power.

NB - absolutely no interest in a call.

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Luke.243

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Nice one. Was out in Surrey and with lightning above, actually got a tad nervous and hid under the seat. Biblical rain but it was the noise of the thunder that shook me.

Went to another seat and had a button buck have a snooze 40 yards out hidden in the ferns. Was sitting it out, but a dog walker 100m behind shouting “Jasper” fecked it - bolted like Linford.

Saw 30 odd lightning bolts on the drive - thoroughly exhilarating being out in nature’s raw power.

NB - absolutely no interest in a call.

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Luck of the draw, I was very fortunate. For clarity on my snaps, the sharp eyed will notice one buck has 2 snaps, I failed to take a picture of roe buck 2.
 
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