Posted on: 30th Aug 19 at 4:02 pm by Realtree Global
The Cornish countryside is truly a sight to behold. Featuring picturesque rolling hills and valleys. It’s a hot summer’s evening and this provides a perfect opportunity for Ian Harford, Realtree ambassador, and Chris Gale, hunt guide, to be out stalking roebucks. This is the second time that Ian has come out stalking with Chris and it doesn’t take long for them to find their first deer. A doe and a kid are out in the field feeding in front of them.
They’re not disturbed by Chris and Ian’s presence as they move along the edge of the field. The deer continue to sit out in the long grass as they move on in their attempt to find a buck. Today is Ian’s first outing with the Sauer 100 Pantera rifle fitted with the latest generation Hawke Frontier 2.5-15×50 scope.
Chris puts a huge amount of time and effort into scouting, he knows his ground and his deer population intimately. His knowledge of the surrounding area is unrivalled and is a testament to the work he puts in.
There is a stiff breeze, but it’s constant and predictable. Chris has previously spotted a buck roaming around close to this area, and they are keen to catch a glimpse of him. Using the Hawke Frontier EDX 10×42 binoculars, Ian surveys the area for him. These binoculars offer the perfect balance between weight and optical performance when stalking on foot.
They decide to sit out at the bottom of this field, it gives the ideal vantage point to overlook the field below, where Chris believes the deer will be located. Patience is key here. Ian uses the Endurance LRF 1500 rangefinder to give him the range data for key landmarks within his arc of fire – allowing him to make a quick shot if the opportunity presents itself.
Unfortunately, they haven’t spotted any bucks and head back to scan the fields behind for any deer that are out grazing. It’s important to constantly scan the fields and margins for movement as the deer are constantly moving around, particularly now the evening is drawing in.
As the evening comes to an end, they spot a beautiful young 6 point buck being followed by a young doe, as he isn’t mature enough they leave him for another day. The evening comes to a close, Ian and Chris head in for the night ready to start the search again in the morning.
The next morning, they head out early, but with little wind and a thick covering of fog the conditions are more difficult. They head to a valley where Chris knows a buck has made a home the past few weeks. Confident that they will see a buck here Chris’ reconnaissance and effort of the past few weeks might really start to pay off.
Spotting a chestnut patch in the valley below they’re confident it’s the buck they’ve been looking for. Making their way down the hedge line they use the wall ahead to cover their approach. Using the Pulsar XQ38 Thermal imager they can see the buck is accompanied by a doe – giving them another pair of eyes to avoid.
Ian and Chris can see the doe is feeding on the edge of the patch of thistles and they know the buck is not far away. Using the bushes as cover they make themselves as small as possible to get into an advantageous position.
The 6 point buck is making its way up the valley in pursuit of the doe, but it has lost sight of her as she jumped the wall ahead. The drystone wall next to Ian is overgrown with turf and offers the ideal platform from which to shoot. He readies his rifle, the buck steps out and offers an opportunity to take the shot. One perfectly placed shot, with the Hornady Interlock SP American Whitetail .308 150 gr ammunition, and the buck drops on the spot.