Probably the last deer for the summer

Not where she originally fell but an easier place to butcher        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The odd wasp here and there signals to me that it time to rest the bush hunting for awhile.   Temperatures too are getting up there at last.  The bush today is not the bush of my younger days and it is a great pity to see the infestation of this German critter. DOC seems more concerned with keeping unvaxed people out of their huts than doing something truly worthwhile and exterminating these abominations.

We had done our stint into the wind and were drifting further and further away from the car. It was time to head back, but this time with the wind not favouring us. We were up high so could work the katabatic air flow. Once off the main spurs and working down into the guts the wind would funnel upwards to us.  With a dog in tow this is a useful way to hunt and a lot of ground can be covered with his nose.

It wasn’t long before Wilson picked up the scent, well below us (I am still learning his nose and how to read his behaviour re. distance ) I worked us down the side of the gut, below where I thought the animal to be as it can be hard to drop down directly onto an animal as they have the advantage of spotting you first.

A movement slightly ahead and above alerted me to the animal, but before I could get the rifle up it disappeared into some heavy scrub. I dropped down and belied forward. A reddish colour stood out but nothing definite.  I put the 4x to my eye and it revealed the unmistakable front shoulder and a length of spine.  The .243 was up in a flash and the Timney elite trigger tripped.  A huge commotion ensured as the burly animal plummeted down the steep slope before coming to rest against a tree.  I could plainly see the inert form, but teased the dog along until we were very close before urging him on to find it.

 

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