On this episode of Team Wild TV Ian Harford travels to Cornwall on a roebuck stalking adventure.
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Roebuck stalking in the Cornish countryside on a warm summer evening offers spectacular, picturesque rolling hills and valleys, it truly is the perfect time and location to be out roebuck stalking.
Ian Harford’s rifle and rifle scope selection for roebuck stalking
It’s Ian Harford’s first outing with the Sauer 100 Pantera fitted with the latest generation Hawke Frontier 2.5-15×50 scope.
Chris puts a huge amount of time and effort into scouting. He knows his ground intimately, where the deer are and their likely movements. It’s a testament to the work he puts in.
A doe and a kid meander out in the field. It’s great to see deer out feeding, particularly the next generation coming through.
Hawke Frontier EDX 10×42 binoculars
The stiff breeze is constant but predictable. During this hunt, the hard work is taken care of by the Hawke Frontier EDX 10×42 binoculars, which offers the perfect balance between weight and optical performance when stalking on foot.
Hawke Endurance LRF 1500 rangefinder
Ian and Chris decide to sit out behind a wall that provides the perfect vantage point to overlook the field below. That’s where Chris believes the deer will be located. Patience is key here. The Hawke Endurance LRF 1500 rangefinder gives Ian the range data for key landmarks within Ian’s arc of fire. This information will allow Ian to make a quick shot if the opportunity presents itself.
It’s important to constantly scan the fields and margins for movement as the deer are constantly moving around, particularly when the evening is drawing in. As the evening draws to a close Ian spots a beautiful young 6 point buck being followed by a young doe. He needs more time to mature and so they wave him a fond farewell.
The Following Morning…
The next morning the team head out early. The conditions are very different from the previous day with little wind and a thick covering of fog. This makes things slightly trickier.
Chris is confident we’ll see a buck here that’s made this valley his home for the past few weeks. This is where putting the time in your reconnaissance really pays off.
In the distance, Ian spots a chestnut patch in the valley below and they’re pretty confident it’s the buck they’ve been looking for. They make our way down the hedge line, using the wall ahead to cover their approach.
Pulsar XQ38 Thermal imager
Using the Pulsar XQ38 Thermal imager they can see the buck is accompanied by a doe. This gives us another pair of eyes to try and avoid.
The beautiful 6 point buck is making its way up the valley in pursuit of the doe but has lost sight of her as she jumped the wall.
Finally, the buck steps out and offers a perfect opportunity to take a shot…
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