I was chatting to a lad I have known for years the other night and the conversation turned to reds ( or pre ban reds as it was ) . He had a few tales .
First he was sat in cover next to a hedge with his bitch 3/4 grey 1/4 bull as his mates were drawing a marsh with beagles to flush foxes through . He said he heard something big coming along the hedge line behind him and he thought it was going to be a moorland pony , a red hind launched itself off the wall next to him straight out into the open ground in front of him . He slipped the bitch and within about 100 yards the dog had the hind down and pinned by the throat , he was on hand in no time to dispatch it .
Second time , out with his bitch again and 2 pups about a year old each , drawing a bit of rough ground a red stag got out from behind a couple of trees , not a massive stag but still a stag , said the bitch was on it in no time . right up on the back of its neck , the pups flanked it one each side and he said it pulled down and was over and done with in under a minute .
The third, another stag , he said was a monster in some maize ground , slipped his bitch and a mates 1/2 cross on it , he said it took off and straight lined the dogs for speed but as it went to jump out of the field it hit the top of the hedge and fell back in to the field , he said it got up and the dogs pilled in one on a shoulder one on the rear leg , the stag kicked out and the leg dog was swatted away like a fly . With that the stag ran right at the lads with the one dog still holding on , they dived for cover , the shoulder dog lost its grip and the stag shot past over a hedge and into the forestry . He reckoned it was as intimidating as having a bull charging towards you and the noise was unreal .