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Yokel Matt

That’ll do for the does

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Weather forecast is looking choppy again so gave my new place one more visit to show willing. I’ve got designated times when I can shoot but have a quick drive round the estate beforehand just to be on the safe side in case staff are still on site. 

I saw a few cull bucks about on the place, some of which were clean, and also this fella who seemed happy to watch me as a drive past. 

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The wind was freshening so I used it to work towards a likely spot and suddenly noticed a doe was staring at me in a small clearing. She was only 50m away and as I was caught on the hop reckoned trying to get on the sticks would be a movement too far. Freedhand I carefully put the bead over her back and, as I released my breath, let the crosshairs drift behind her shoulder and fired. She registered the hit and hopped out of sight. 

Good sign at the strike spot but none the less a dog wouldn’t go amiss. Fortunately there was plenty of light left and the follow up wasn’t too difficult and she collapsed behind a tree.  

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The estate should be pleased with your efforts so far mate ..and you keep a presence when the bucks come in ..

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I hope they do Rich. It turns out there’s another stalker with permission there but has only been a couple of times and only taken big bucks. They haven’t seen him at all over the doe season so got me in for some more active management to get the numbers down. I’m still trying to get in touch with him to work it all out.

Id like a dog redneck but have too much on my plate at the minute... maybe next year!

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Have you agreed on a number with the estate and you got it ?. It seem There's loads of does about anywhere you go these days , my wife counted 14 roe in one field beside the motorway yesterday 

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No numbers agreed - The brief was to make a good visual start. If the weather is good mid-week I might change my mind and put one more visit in. 

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very nice mate

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keep them sweet you might end up with the bucks as well , shooting only the trophy bucks is no way to manage  deer  

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