It has been strange Spring so far. We had a few nice days and then it became cold again with snow on the hills and in the forestry. I decided to give it a go anyway and got to the forestry gate at the very first light. Some of the rides had been cut and on the very first that been recently cleared I spotted a something white. There were still some patches of snow here and there, but when I looked again through my binoculars the white patch disappeared…
It was still too dark to see anything so I decided to wait. After couple of minutes I saw a movement closer to me. It was quiet and not much cover, but I slowly got a bit closer on the ride. There was a roe deer, but I was still not sure whether it was a doe or a buck.
After 10 minutes or so I could see little roe’s backside with no anal tush… so it was a wee buck. I got a tiny bit closer and could now see it was a spiker still in velvet. I got my rifle off the shoulder and on sticks and waited a bit more hoping it could get light enough to get some decent footage, but then another buck popped out off the trees and crossed the ride.
It looked like they were together and the spiker would soon follow his 6-pointer friend, so I decided to take a shot before it was too late.
It was not easy as now the buck was quartering away and sometimes I could only see the neck and its back. He was going to follow the 6-pointer so when he stood broadside with his head down I pulled the trigger.
It dropped on the spot kicking. I reloaded, but the kicking soon stopped and he was not going anywhere.
Hornady 87gr bullet did a good job and it was a low neck shot. Very pleased with this .243Win reloads so far, damaging on neck shots but surprisingly little meat damage when through the ribs.
I have been also getting on well with the Blaser, I ended up using it a lot recently. More often than any other rifles.
Thanks a lot for watching my videos, I am getting close to 1,000,000 views on YouTube. I hope you enjoy my videos, even if this particular one was filmed in low light and is not the best quality, but it is stalking and not every buck is shot in good light.
15 new leases Become available in Scottish Lowlands for tendering. Some look very interesting. Closing date for registering an interest 24th April 2013. Site viewing will take place on the Friday 3rd May and Saturday 4th May 2013. Tenders should be returned no later than 12pm on the 15th May 2013, so be quick. More details on Forestry Commission website
Two new areas available for tendering in North Scotland.
The anticipated commencement date will be 1st July 2013 with completion by 30th June 2014, with possibility of extensions of further one year periods but not totalling more than 5 years.
Closing date for registering an interest and arranging viewings is the 19th of April 2013. Site viewing will take place on the 23rd and 24th of April 2013. Tenders should be returned no later than 10am on the 8th May 2013.
To notify your interest and arrange a viewing please contact Deer Hub at North Highland Forest District Office (preferably by email). See details below
Deer Management Hub, Forestry Commission Scotland, The Links, Golspie, Sutherland, KW10 6UB
Tel – 01408 634063
More information and all document including maps here.
Both leases look quite interesting. One is 1000ha with some open ground with cull plan of 12 red and 18 roe for a guide price of £1200. Second one is 1750ha with a cull plan of 40 red deer and 16 roe for a guide price of £2400. Good value if you ask me, much better offer that usually become available in Central Belt or SW Scotland.