Total commitment during a doe hunt in Scotland…
Finally it looked like the time had come. We spotted a single adult with a calf at some distance. Both were on open ground near the coast. Now we had to reduce the distance between the deer and us without being noticed by the animals. An additional problem was the presence of another herd further up. This meant we had to seek cover from numerous wary eyes in order to get closer to the animals we were stalking. Niall knows the hunting grounds like the back of his hand, so we first retreated a few hundred metres in order to then get closer to the deer using a small hollow as cover. The wind was blowing constantly offshore, so there was a chance that Niall’s plan, which relied on the adult and its calf coming into view again behind a small hill, would work out. To avoid being spotted by the deer at the last minute, we covered the last few metres in the lowest stance, i.e. crawling on our bellies.
It worked! The distance was right, the adult and calf had stayed in position and hadn’t noticed us. We now followed the plan we had briefly discussed shortly beforehand: one to Niall’s left, the other to the right. Then we took a breather after the exertion of stalking and waited till the deer were in position for a shot. After a while the adult was the first to stand up. It gradually began to traverse the slope, heading away from our position. The adult then turned to the calf, which was a little further off to the right. The adult was standing broadside, although the calf wasn't in a suitable position yet. But then it too obliged us by immediately taking up a nice broadside stance. The shots went off – the calf didn’t know what hit it. The adult withstood the shot and remained broadside. The second shot was fired only a split second after the first one and the adult too went down after a clear impact reaction and three jerks.
After the hunt and the field dressing was completed the deer were retrieved, either in the conventional manner with sweat and muscle power or, where the terrain permitted, using small 8x8 Argocats. These little monsters can handle almost any terrain and work well here in the Scottish Highlands.
Back in our accommodation we met after a hot shower to share our hunting experiences with the others. Over a glass of good whisky by the fireplace, each of us recounted the experiences of the day with shining eyes and expansive gestures. What more could a natural born hunter desire?!
Conclusion on the RWS EVOLUTION GREEN Short Rifle after three days of hunting in Scotland
The groups came together again on each of the two following days to hunt in the different parts of the hunting ground. The landscape varied from rugged, rocky coastal stretches through small woods to high up in the highlands. By the end of the third day of the hunt most of the participants had bagged three does. Since we were the first to hunt here in Scotland with the new cartridge, there was plenty of interest in the collected experience of the other participants.
The split-second effectiveness of the new cartridge was really impressive, also over larger shot distances. Even the professional hunters, who were initially critical of the lead-free cartridge, were eventually won over by the effectiveness of the RWS EVOLUTION GREEN Short Rifle.
We left Scotland with memories of thrilling stalks and superb days of hunting that will remain with us forever, along with aching muscles which will hopefully be forgotten after a couple of days.