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Last week I was invited to join a young friend on his ground one evening to do the rounds and see what we would come across. He has some 400 h of farmland that he manages along the River Rhein. A young farmer of 23.

I had to cancel last minute and go to my own concession as the wild boar were and are in the crops - potatoes, peas, beets, wheat and rye - and we need to get them under control. I called my young friend and excused myself with a rain check for another time. He fully understood and said he would nevertheless go out for a drive and a walk.

I arrived at my concession around 20h00 and drove along boundaries and internal tracks checking the fields and crops.

I spied a bright orange spot in the peas and looking through my Swarovski binos made out a young roe buck, with his antlers below the tips of his ears and not a particularly large or strong body. I glassed him for 10 minutes and decided to take him as a cull / management buck.

Chambering a round in the Rigby .275, I stalked in to 75m along the edge of the woodland, took a rest on a tree and shot and dropped the buck. All very no nonsense and almost clinical. Not a real hunt but rather a management cull. A yearling weighing 11 kg dressed and nothing to write home about. We have a lot of roe deer so this was one to take off. I checked and gralloched the deer and then took up in a high seat hoping for a pig.

The interesting twist was that at around the same time that evening my young friend was out in his concession and he too spied a roe buck at last light. He made a successful stalk and dropped the deer with his Blaser Professional in .308 from 100m.

He was elated - not only was this the first roe buck taken on his ground in over 5 years but the buck was old. Very old. Some 6-7 years based on his teeth. He was still celebrating when I headed for home at 02h30 having driven a sow and her piglets out of the sugar beets where I was sitting.

So the older hunter took the yearling on a concession boasting lots of roe deer, literally hundreds. And around the same time the young hunter took a truly old, old buck on a ground that is almost void of roe deer! An interesting combination!

Here some pictures of the two bucks -

















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Good eats there Charlie.
use those horns for tooth picks!

Mix with bbq sauce and mushrooms!

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Tricky you are doing some hunting at the moment.
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