A medal roebuck – part 1

As you know by now the roebuck season starts at 16. May and ends at 15. July. It is like national holiday for hunters in Denmark since most take the day off from work to go hunting and we are ready when the sun gets up early in the morning on 16th May.

We usually meet up at the hunting house and agree who is going to be in witch tower, we wish each other good luck and of we go 😊

This year I got to sit on my favorite place where I have seen many good bucks during the months before hunting season started.

I climbed up in the tower while it still was very dark, poured me a cup of coffee and looked at the sunrise…the area got more and more visible and I looked through my binoculars in all directions hoping to spot a roebuck…I sat there for about 15 min and I catch a glimpse of a roebuck…Still too young to shoot but amassing animal to watch and observe their behavior…

He walked around the open area and went in to the surrounding forest…and came back out and in to the forest again…

picture from the tower

After a couple of hours I decided to call it a day…pack my gear and climbed down and started walking to the hunting house where my car is…. All the way I looked though out my binoculars and still hoping t get a glimpse of a good buck…

As you might already have guessed I did not see a buck that was worth shooting this day…

In the roebuck season I’m really often out on the hunt…every weekend in the morning and as often I can on the evenings during the workdays…

Days went by, but the good buck was nowhere to be seen…I have seen many small bucks but not a single one that is worth shooting.

As the days went by I got more and more frustrated and started thinking that I should have taken one of the many other I have seen…funny how things start to mess up in your head when things are not going as planed…

One Saturday morning I was in the tower again…looking for the big buck…nothing…not even small bucks came out of the forest…I remember I was thinking there is still a month to go of the season…plenty of time yet…

I called it a day packed my gear and started to walk back towards the hunting house where my car is parked. After I walked for about 15-20 minutes while constantly looking through the binoculars I catch a glimpse of a big roebuck 😊 I almost dropped the binoculars out of my hands…needless to say I was very happy to see the guy after looking so many days after him…And It is the one that I have seen before the season started, several times while I was out checking for tracks and sweeps…I was so happy that he was still around…I was started to thinking that someone else might have beaten me to it…he was far away and I needed to get closer…

me scouting the area

I put down my backpack and took only my rifle with me and started stalking towards the buck…I finally got in the range where it is responsible to take the shot…but then there is an other issue…those of you that know about Denmark is that it is a relatively flat country…And when hunting you have to be responsible and never put anyone in any danger…this means that there must be something to stop the bullet when shooting….in this case there was nothing…

I tried to change the position where there would be something behind the buck to stop the bullet but as clumsy as I was I scared the buck away….I could see it run away and I was just so mad at myself…

Needless to say I was there again in the morning…I waited for him but he was nowhere to be seen…I got there around 5 in the morning and waited and waited….could not get myself to leave the area…finally it was about at noon I decided to call it a day….still mad at myself from the day before I walked back to my car…

Driving home I had some kind of strange feeling that I should not be going home yet and that I should have stayed there and waited…

I came back home which is about 25 minutes drive from the hunting area…My wife she was waiting with a nice good cup of coffee 😊 love this woman.

I had told her before about this buck and I said I really thought that I would get him today…but he was nowhere to be seen…

She said you will get him I’m sure… trying to comfort me…

Later that day about 17 hours I told my wife I’m going to go out on hunt again…I just have the strange feeling in my body and my head that I’m going to get him today…

She smiled and said “Off course you will”

Packed my gear again and I was off to the hunting area.

I came to the hunting house parked the car and walked down to the hunting tower. I got up in the tower pour myself a cup of coffee and lighted a cigarette. I was in the tower for literally no more than 2 minutes when I so the buck coming out of the forest and moving straight towards me over an area where small pine trees just have been planted.

Area where I got the buck

I took my rifle up and aimed but it was too far to shoot, and I could only see him from the front as he was going straight towards the shooting tower I was sitting in…I could feel in my body I was shaking and had a “Buck feber”

He is about 140-150 meters away from me when he turns his body to the side trying to scare of 2 hares playing around…I thought now it is your chance…it’s now or never…

I squeeze the trigger and deliver a great shot…I see the buck fall down like a sack of potatoes to the ground… I look at the buck on the ground through the scope of my rifle and I see no movement, Now my body is going crazy, I start shaking and adrenaline kicks in… “Buck feber” …Funny thing is it comes after the shot is taken…I smoke a cigarette and finish my coffee to give the animal some piece if it was not instantly dead from the shot before I decide to go down to see it.

Finally, I get to the buck and he is absolutely great 😊

I had hit him on the side in front part of the body but because of the position and the angle he was in, the bullet went out on the back leg. He was dead the moment bullet hit him.

I called some friends that were on the hunt as well and we took some pictures prepared the buck and we took it back to the hunting house for skinning.

At the hunting house after the hunt was over we had a beer and went home.

As soon as I got home I told my wife “I told you I will get him today” she smiled and said “I knew you would” I keep still thinking about the she in her head must have said “ Oh my god he finally got it…now I don’t have to listen about the buck al the time”…

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