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Yokel Matt

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Yokel Matt last won the day on October 17 2016

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About Yokel Matt

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  • Birthday 07/09/1979

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    North Somerset... O'arrrgh
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    Deer Stalking, Vermin shooting & trapping, Sea fishing (boat), Spearfishing (freediving). I like foraging and cooking whatever i can.

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  1. Yokel Matt

    A brute

    Yes mate - 6.5. The hole is the size of a 10p coin so pretty happy with the performance. The heads aren’t cheap at £42 for 50 but it still works out wayyyy better than what I was paying, and getting, from the factory ammo.
  2. Yokel Matt

    A brute

    By the time I got it to the gralloch side it was dark and I’d run out of puff so used truck winch him up into the tree for the suspended gralloch. A bit embarrassing given that it’s only a roe but it was a biggun and I’d forgotten my weetabix that morning. Had a closer look at the head and it’s better than I have it credit for. Also looked at the exit and got to say these Barnes ttsx do just what they say on the tin... you can almost see the shape it cut out.
  3. Yokel Matt

    A brute

    Spotted some deer in a field on some ground I haven’t visited for a couple of weeks so decided to pop over following a short but freakish. They were in a field that I was able to approach from the cover of a wood and i spotted the candidate buck almost straight away. Unfortunately he was unsafe with houses behind him so I stood and waited hoping he’d work his way left when a risking bank of soft ground would absorb any pass through. He had other ideas and decided to couch only 50m away and I spent 40 mins looking at a perfect back of head shot that I was unable to safely take. At 9:15 I decided to try and force the issue and get him up and barked but he went the wrong way so it was a wasted effort. On the way back down the farm track I spotted a buck way out in a meadow earmarked for hay in a few weeks time. It was pushing 9:30 by this time so I nipped out the truck and put an oak tree between us and scooted over to it. On the sticks at 80m and, bang in the chest, down he went. What a lump though! Head wouldn’t have been too bad we’re it not for the broken tines but weight wise he was well up there going 55lb on the scales (inc head) and 45lb skinned.
  4. Yokel Matt

    Early morning start pays off.

    Very nice Owen, both summer coat and clean as well. We must be a few weeks behind over here. Saw a tiddler that small myself yesterday.
  5. Yokel Matt

    Last light buck

    Nice one George. Did better than we did last evening night didn’t he! Speechless we blanked there
  6. Yokel Matt

    Buck opener

    Nice cull buck mate - I know exact where you got him from the description. Bloody poachers round there a brazen as well, remember when we were lamping ourselves out in the field and they lit us up from the road and then carried on scanning the rest of the perm as they drove along!
  7. Yokel Matt

    En route to the dealer

    I though they were a gimmick until I tried them. Total convert now.
  8. I had 4 deer in the chiller from previous outing and with no time to process them myself or a dealer local to me was invited up to Tim to use his one. Dropping them off in his larder facility we had a quick look out at a local place where we’d seen a biggun the season before to see if he was still about and maybe look for a cull buck. Chats with the farmer took longer than expected but it worked out well as by the time we got to the most likely spot the deer had lost their early evening inhibitions and were well out in the field, 3 cull bucks and one doe. They were around 150m away but the lay of the field and tall grass made a standing the only option. 100% confident on the quad sticks the first one dropped to the shot and the another one stood long enough for me to traverse over to him and shoot him as well. Whilst over 100m apart from each other they were both paced at exactly 159 strides from the shot spot which was a coincidence. Back to the larder to pick up the others and then to the dealers which was a fair old treck in itself. A 140mile round trip but a great crack, good company and no carcass waste. Cheers again Tim
  9. Yokel Matt

    Another brace

    Good weights as well Les - 45 lb and 42 lb.
  10. Yokel Matt

    Bugger

    Yes mate - I’d rather it wasn’t mine swarming though! There was a small cluster in the same place this morning and the nuke hive I put the other in yesterday was still active so hopefully I’ve got away with it. The main hive was absolutely heaving so I still not sure if it was them that swarmed or simply their hive was a convenient place to rest for another hives cast? any beekeepers on here with any advice please get in touch!
  11. Yokel Matt

    Another brace

    Out for an hour this evening to drop some paperwork over to a farm I’ve had for a while and put the rifle in the car if time permitted. I drove past his Landy parked in a field but he wasn’t to be seen, neither was he at the house. On the breeze I heard a roe barking so I got the rifle out and walked to the pasture where it was coming from. A buck ran into the field some 200m away but I had no idea where the bloody farmer was so even though the shot was technically safe I didn’t want to risk it. The deer fecked off and then I heard the farmer hopping over the gate behind me. I was just in the middle of telling him about the buck when two other bucks bust out of cover to my left and tore towards us, one seeming intent on giving the other a good bloody hiding. They both stopped 40m from us and I shot the lesser of the two in the chest. The bigger buck ran on and the farmer was encouraging me to shoot it on the run! It stopped 200m away plumb broadside and I was obliged to shoot him as well although it made the hedgerow after the shot. Saw a cracking buck whilst following up the second but didn’t point him out so he slipped away unseen by the farmer.
  12. Yokel Matt

    Bugger

    Went to check the bees this evening and it’s was going off! Found what I assume was a swarm handing off their hive although whether it was from that hive or not I’m not sure. I didn’t take my smoker and there was a mix of docile bees and bloody pissed off ones. I made them even more cross trying to move the hive+ super to get at the mass of bees hanging underneath of the hive. What a bloody disaster. Completely out my depth and probably made things worse! The swarm is in an old nuke hive now... will check again tomorrow to see if they’re still there!
  13. Yokel Matt

    A cull brace

    Work it is mate - I’m not complaining but it’s let’s just say it’s starting to get bloody inconvenient having all this venison to get rid of.
  14. Yokel Matt

    A cull brace

    Cheers fellas. I’ve got the lot here - I just got the impression they wanted it managed for the benefit of the estate. They obviously felt there was more to do and this just strikes me as the best way to go about it.
  15. Yokel Matt

    A cull brace

    A quick trip out after a busy day at home to try and up the cull buck figures. They’re starting to wise up here now and the wind direction meant and new route was needed. The ground was quite damp and trying to crumble leaves to ascertain the shifting faint breeze made me think of a new ‘essential’ bit of kit.. I desperately need a wind puffer! Anyway, a slow meander along a flicking ear gave a doe away as she walked towards me about 70m away. She kept looking over her shoulder so I got on the sticks and got ready just in time for a buck to emerge behinde her. A six pointer in tatters but nothing special here so a cull. Banged him in the chest and the ttsx put him down in his tracks. I brisket stick him and hung him up in a tree while I went to get the truck to transport him to the gralloch site. Half way through the suspended gralloch a in the fading light and there was sound behind me; turning round there was a buck and a doe on the tree line. He was a average 4 pointer so again, on the list. A tricky manover to the rifle and, leaning against a tree, he was taken in the chest as well dropping on the spot Battery on the phone then died so a pic back in the larder after a finishing the gralloching off in the dark... and still with all my fingers.
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