GETTING READY FOR ROE BUCK SEASON:
I get asked this a lot, they say, “What should I do, I have some land to hunt on, but not sure where to really begin?” Like everything in life, make a plan, with out a plan you plan to fail! The same is true with Roe buck hunting.
1. Go and find where the deer are showing and what bucks you have, the really old bucks will be cleaning their antlers…”old bucks come clean first and loose their antlers first in Oct.” When searching for the deer, get out of the truck, get your boots on a get walking. Look where the deer are crossing fences, streams etc…There tracks and fur will always indicate them being there. By going at different times, you will soon notice what time of the day and along with the numbers too. When you find these honey holes, mark the area some how, maybe with a piece of plastic tape or something. so when you are stalking and you see the tape, it will remind you that this is a key spot.
2. Get to the range, get used to firing the rifle again, I know you are saying, that the gun shot fine back in the autumn, but you might have knocked the scope, bought different bullets etc. loads of different things might have changed. Get to the range and fire a few at a target….oh and fire at the target wearing the clothing that you will be wearing when you are hunting…
3. Get the equipment out, give it a good check and make sure it works. There is nothing worse than getting out of the car and then going to flick on your torch…dead battery….So check everything and make sure it is in good working order. Not to forget the high seats too. Make sure they are good and level, the seats are not rotten etc.
4. oh and please do this work weeks and weeks before the beginning of the season, trying to do all of this the weekend before the big day will not work.
5. The big day has arrived, and for us in the UK, Roe buck season opens the 1st of April, get out there, enjoy it, take in everything, cause we are so lucky that we have a sport that offers such a great day! If you get lucky, and shot a Roe buck, give the animal respect. Now as my uncle always used to tell me, “Now the fun is over and the work begins!”