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Megs first bush deer

02 Sep 2015
@ 06:58 am (GMT)

Mike Davis

things been a bit slow in this section lately so I will fill you lot in on our journey so far.
we brought Meg home 18mths ago a bitza bitch( lab/gsp/lab/beardie)
I figured 3 out of 4 are hunting lines so what the heck
she had duck shot over her at 3 mths old and followed Nugget (our cocker) when he did the retrieve thing. she did her first retrieve this season too so its looking good for the future.
having watched a country calender last year showing Jason and his dynamite bitch Brew tracking down and shooting goats really got me thinking and finding Jason on another forum shareing advice along with a few other guys Paul Michaels for one, sort of gave me a shove.
this past roar Meg saw a hell of a lot of deer as we were hunting around a large deer farm and she has had quite a bit of time up there since. she has found 3 deer we have shot as well as a porker, all in matagouri, and all would have been hard to find without her.she tried to lead me off around hillside one arvo in thick fog but as I had arranged to meet the lads down bottom of hill I canned that idea..safety first and all that, only to look over where she was taking me to see 4 deer...bugga

any way last monday my Brother and I went for a wander in my favourite DOC block, intending to do a 6hr walk up and around the tops and back down to wagon. half way up hill in beech a deer crashed off to our right,heading upwind. Meg was leading the way staying 3-10mtrs infront of me,she wanted to hoof off after animal but I stopped her with a whistle and put her on long line(5mtrs light nylon looped around her neck and trailing behind her) she led us down where stag had gone but I flagged that as it was heading in direction I didnt want to go.
I let her off lead again and continued up ridge,the wind was blowing right to left across our front,around hill face.
we had gone probably another 300 yards up the hill when Meg got all keen and wanted to go DOWNWIND into gully????? hmmmmm best put line back on her and keep ahold of it...we had gone only 50 ish yards further up hill when I looked to left and saw big red hind peering at us, up went .223 phiitttt went 50grn ttsx and down she went (got to love suppressor) a 2nd hind stood up next to her and I didnt even bother cranking a 2nd round up spout as I knew 1st was down and out.told Meg to leave it as hind moved off, then got Meg to lead us into dead deer...all of 25 yards away. huge pat and more than a few hugs for the dog followed.
easy as to butcher hind with 2 guys and dogs lead rope to string it up. two good sized loads went into daybags and a quiet wander back to car.
may this be the first of many deer Meg and I get together.

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02 Sep 2015
@ 08:02 am (GMT)

Warwick Marflitt

Re: Megs first bush deer
Well done Mike & Meg. I'm turning Green with envy. Id love to have a deer dog. But working over seas and owning pets dont go well. So I'll just have to rely on my Leica vision to find the Grass theifs. Enjoy the love and selfless effort that your Best friend gives and the memories and adventures youll share. So do you know why a dog is a mans best friend?
Spell DOG Backwards? LOL Good stuff She obviously knows what your after and sometimes trusting their instincts and Nose will keep the freezer full.
19 Nov 2015
@ 06:29 am (GMT)

Mike Davis

Re: Megs first bush deer
she let us know something was really close the other weekend and when 3 reds bolted in the thick bush I managed to squeeze off a shot at last one, I called shot high and a bit far back (turned out to be through hips) so we sat down and waited all the while we could hear deer settling 70ish yards away and not moving far in the ferns..I got impatient after about 2mins and started forward...4th unseen deer bolted down to follow others only to stop and see what his mate was doing...right smack bang in middle of the one good alley of visibility I had...post of M8 settled in the crease and the x39mm coughed again...that deer dropped on the spot...125grn ballistic tip through boiler room does that. we slowly went forward allowing Meg to lead, spotted 1st deer doing Stevie Wonder impersonation so gave it a lead disprin, Meg led us rest of the way in 2 very dead button spikers/1 year olds 10' apart
I really enjoyed sitting with my black buddy and feeding her the heart cut up into wee bits.
venni tastes great.
19 Nov 2015
@ 08:37 am (GMT)

Warwick Marflitt

Re: Megs first bush deer
Pictures Mike? Make us really envious. Well done mate.
19 Nov 2015
@ 09:06 am (GMT)

Mike Davis

Re: Megs first bush deer
yeah one day I will get around to working out how to do it on this site......
22 Jan 2016
@ 02:13 am (GMT)

Warwick Marflitt

Re: Megs first bush deer
Hey Mike . How's Meg coming along with the hunting? ? Photo bucket is the best way to get pictures of your adventures onto the forum. Cheers mate.
25 Jan 2016
@ 08:46 am (GMT)

Mike Davis

Re: Megs first bush deer
sorry Warwick missed your post, freezer still too fill from last outing so she just chilling out at home with other two.
25 Jan 2016
@ 07:34 pm (GMT)

Warwick Marflitt

Re: Megs first bush deer
Haha. Give some of it away to needy folk and get some more.? She'll get rusty or start hunting the local (*;*) cats!
06 Feb 2017
@ 10:17 am (GMT)

Mike Davis

Re: Megs first bush deer
Id forgotten this thread was here, Meg led me into 3 deer last month,Imissed the first,didnt see the 2nd but the 3rd got a 180grn .308 pill through boiler room and trip home to the freezer. took me a while to work out what she was doing/trying to show me but now we starting to gel/Im learning to read her better things are looking up. trusting her and going whereever SHE wants to take me was the hardest bit to get my head around. happy times ahead.
spent weekend up on the open tops...left her at home ...saw 8 deer including 2 stags so time for me to get fit for the roar...dog will definately be doing the leading then.
06 Feb 2017
@ 12:42 pm (GMT)

Warwick Marflitt

Re: Megs first bush deer
Awesome Mike. Go for it.
 

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