Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Roe Buck Trophy

Having shot my first roe buck with horns I decided I would like to have a European Skull mount made so I could display it on the wall of my house. I have never done this before but had a friend watching over me to make sure I didn't mess up.

We skinned out the head a few days ago and then sat it in a bucket of water for a couple of days to draw out all the blood. The next step was to boil the head for a couple of hours to loosen up all the flesh so it was easy to scrape clean. After scraping it clean which took about 30 mins it was time to cover the skull in paper towels and soak with peroxide to bleach the skull a nice white colour. After 48 hours of bleaching the skull was ready, I haven't cut the skull at this stage but I will have this done in the future so it will mount nicely on a wooden shield.

Below is a pic of both my first roe deer and my latest addition.

Latest addition 2010 =)

First ever roe deer, a small buck calf

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Adder

I have seen several adders recently whilst scouting my terrain prior to the roe buck hunt, but every time I tried to take a photo they would slither away. Well today we found this little guy and he was happy to sit there and pose whilst I took his photo. He was out sunning himself after all of the wet weather we've recently had and was about 60 cm long with beautiful markings.

Click on the photo for a close up view

Friday, 13 August 2010

Moose and calf

Decided I would try my luck for another roe buck on Thursday evening due to a break in the recent bad weather we've being having. Whilst sitting at my post I had a visit from a female moose with her calf, it was great to see and as it was approximately 50 meters away I managed to get some pretty good footage from my video camera.



Didn't see any roe buck, but this certainly made up for it.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

1st Day of Norwegian Roe Buck Season

After counting down the months, weeks, days and hours, today (10th August) was finally the first day of the Norwegian Roe Buck season. I have spent the last few weekends thoroughly scouting the terrain for tracks and signs and all the hard work has paid off.

I arrived at my post at 3.00am in pitch darkness, it's strange how different the place looks at night with only a small head torch! I had to use my new GPS to navigate to an area which I had previously marked as a good post to sit and wait. The light slowly started to rise at 4:00am and by 4:30 it was good enough to shoot, if the opportunity had presented itself. After sitting for several hours without any signs of activity, I decided to have a try with the buttolo, I started a small sequence of peeps at 6:30am, at 6:45am a small buck appeared about 50 meters way in the thick cover of the forest. I had my crosshairs on him several times but he was obstructed by cover and did not present a clear shot. After watching him slowly work towards me for 10 minutes he finally entered a small clearing and presented a shot at about 15 meters away. I took the shot, he did and little jump and then ran off into the thick cover, I waited for 5 mins and then went to look in the area where he entered into the thick cover, no signs, no blood - oh dear! I went back to the area where I had shot him and after a few minutes of looking I found a blood trail, I spent the next 15 minutes on all fours following the trail into the cover and found him about 20-25 meters away from where I shot him.

Not a medal head by a long stretch, but he's going to be great eating.



Not a bad start to the season =)