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 =)