Mike (Cleaver) Crichton – Howling wind and rain

September 14, 2010

I awoke to a typical Wellington winters day, howling wind and pouring with rain. My thoughts of going fishing were definitely out the window so I thought I’d do the next best thing, go bush stalking in the hope of finding a deer for the freezer. I got hold of my friend Aaron and formulated a plan.

We arrived at spot X to be greeted by pouring rain and quite a strong wind. Most hunters would be put off by this, but not me I knew that I would stay bone dry and warm thanks to my Hunters Element XTR Anorak and XTR Trousers, they still did an excellent job. I hiked up to the top of a ridge and descended down into what looked like a nice gully.

As I quietly made my way down it was obvious that this was the home of a good deer population and judging by the rubs and wallows I found there was definitely a stag or two in the area. Sure enough as I came to the top of a rise some movement caught my eye and on closer inspection I found that I was looking at 5 deer. They were completely oblivious to me thanks to the unique Real Tree camouflage. This made it very good for me and very grim for them.

Sitting quietly I was able to pick out the best meat animal. Although there was a very good stag in amongst them with much restraint and an itchy trigger finger I decided to leave him for next year’s roar (one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made). As there didn’t appear to be any yearlings in the group I picked out the best looking hind. I raised my .270 and looked through my Kahles 4×40 scope, damn rain had got on the lens and I couldn’t make her out properly. After quietly cursing to myself and quickly cleaning the lens I raised it once again this time perfect vision I just had to shoot between a gap in the trees. Then all of a sudden the wind swirled and sure enough they winded me (even the best camo cant help you here) and they were off. Fortunately she presented a good broadside shot on the run between some trees. I squeezed the trigger and the 130 grain corelokt was on its way. The bullet slammed home but she had vanished.

I waited for 20 minutes and then went and had a look. Sure enough there was a massive puddle of blood with bits of lung in it (always a good sign). Right I thought to myself where does the blood go? (praying it wasn’t down into the steepest, muddiest part of the gully) but sadly it was. I followed the blood down and there she was right at the bottom wrapped around a tree. When I got down to her my eyes nearly popped out of my head when I saw the size of her. I knew I would need some back up to carry her out. 5 hours later we had her back to the truck what a mission but what a deer, 84 kilo on the hook!!!. I need a bigger freezer now to fit it all in.

It was quite a day even though it was pouring with rain. I was bone dry and nice and toasty.

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