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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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    Extreme Hunter
  • Birthday 07/09/1979

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  • Location
    North Somerset... O'arrrgh
  • Interests
    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

    Quick trio ...

    That’s ace Rich - really like the nice clean carcasses. Proper job mate
  2. Yokel Matt

    Few from the last month ..

    Good work Rich - you’ve been busy. Reckon we’ll be getting a lab pup next year which I can’t wait for.
  3. Yokel Matt

    Cull efforts rewarded

  4. Was down Dorset at the weekend to press on with the sika / roe cull prior to a forestry project. With a chunk of the grant riding on the deer management the owner is of the opinion that prevention is better than cure and the pressure is on to numbers down. Do it right, but get them down. The browse lines on this ivy can be seen all over the whole 250 acre block so it looks like the 13 we had off here a few weeks back is scratching the surface. We had a keeper mate of mine with this trip who had the professional credentials and had also worked with Tim on Fallow culls before and I was hoping to put him in front of his first Sika stag if a suitable one presented. Tim was off to another bit of ground of mine 1/2 hr away to try and get some hinds that were piling into some fresh lay so Tony was with me and at dawn we set up. Approaching a promising spot of poplar and bracken we bumped a roe doe who presented a brief shot but Tony was obviously not comfortable with it and passed it up - much to my appreciation as I didn’t want any wounded animals or ruined carcasses. It turned out to be the best decision he made all day as two paces later a stag rose from its couch and squared up to us 40m away! Traversing the rifle towards it the stag leaped a few strides away and fortunately stopped to my whistle. He’d do nicely and with no hesitation from Tony this time down he went to a perfect neck shot. He was made up and I was delighted for him. To help make it a more memorable experience I allowed him to drag it back to the truck. I had a hind a shortly after it carried on like that... prioritising calves & prickets. It was hard work and we were shattered by Sunday but we worked as a team and had a good result with 8 sika and 4 roe. Sadly the dealer could only take 6 so I’ve the rest in my chiller so I need to roll my sleeves up and get processing!
  5. Yokel Matt

    Muddy management

    Good spot - he wasn’t from Dorset though. We had at Tim’s Friday afternoon along with a roe.
  6. Yokel Matt

    Muddy management

    Had 14 in total this weekend mate The dealer only had room for 6 so I brought the rest back. No bother though as I’ve got a few landowners with their hands out so it’s going to be a busy week for or so for me in the game larder! Will get a post up on it when the exhaustion wears off
  7. Yokel Matt

    Muddy management

    Judging by the bone healing and muscle wastage it looks to have happened a while ago. Amazing how they get by with an injury like that.
  8. Yokel Matt

    Muddy management

    I was out at dawn on Saturday for a doe or two in what started off as a cold and frosty day. It was just what I was after as I’d just invested in a harkila pro-hunter jacket & trouser set.. all be it a good quality second hand, but it was still a wad and I was looking forward to getting my money’s worth! As I hoped, two does were in the field I expected them to be but the opposite side and a good 300m away across open ground. The one furthest away had a bad limp so, cursing the decision to wear my new clobber, i got on my hands and knees and crawled towards them trying to narrow the gap. I got to within 150 of the uninjured doe who was also moving towards me - I could have shot her a dozen times but the other was the priority and stayed put so I tried my luck and pressed on getting muddier with each movement. At 120m the closer doe decided it had had enough and ran back to towards the other barking. At 225m to the injured one I gave the turret 5 clicks and thumped her right in the chest. The other stood stock still at 240 so a quick bolt cycle and thump, spot on in the chest as well. Delighted with both shots and relieved the injured doe showed no other health problems a dragged them back to the truck which warmed me up nicely! Back at the larder the extent of the injury was more obvious and certainly justified the muddy gear... at least it was second hand to start with!
  9. Yokel Matt

    Had a pal out ...

    Depends who does them mate - Rob has some good skills. Thats a thumper Rich and well worth all the huffing and puffing to get him in the larder!
  10. Yokel Matt

    True Christmas Field Craft.

    They’ve defrosted a bit funny
  11. Yokel Matt

    Best day ever daddy!

    Couldn’t have wished for a better introduction for him
  12. Yokel Matt

    Best day ever daddy!

    It is mate - soppy as it sounds I get tingles and tears pricking my eyes at the memory of it.
  13. My wife took my daughter to a party on Saturday so I took my boy, Will, to cut some wood at a local farm. Pulling into a sidling I noticed a doe up on a bank browsing the brambles in the sunshine only 200m away. I didn’t have the rifle with me but keep a spare pair of bins in my truck and my lad was in raptures about seeing it and asked if we were going to stalk it. He’s only 6 - a year younger than I was when I first went out with my dad and while it may have been a little early the conditions were perfect. Besides, he’s seen plenty of deer in the various stages of lardering and processing so it’s not like his only exposure to deer has been Disney’s Bambi. With his eyes shining with excitement we nipped back home to get the rifle... he also decided he needed a packed lunch, a game and some paper / crayons in case we had to wait up somewhere. Getting back to the farm she was still there in the bank and I set Will up against a hedge with his packed lunch, toys and binoculars while I stalked in alone across the open field to try and close the gap between me and the doe. 50m later I indicated to Will I was going to shoot and settled down for a prone shot, straight in the chest and down she went in her tracks. Perfect. On the way home with a load of logs and a deer in the back he said ‘thank you daddy, this is the best day ever’... I’m made up!
  14. Yokel Matt

    Dorset hind cull

    Not brushing out the necks before fl sizing which stresses the brass too much (wondered why it was a little stiff). As for the bang powder I’ve been getting more velocity than I should be from the amount of powder I ‘thought’ I was using. Deadly accurate for both me and the deer nearly!
  15. Yokel Matt

    Dorset hind cull

    Cheep it certainly isn’t... need to exercise a little more discipline with my loading process I think
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