Well, this may seem a little thing but this afternoon I went out with a mate from church and managed to bag my first game for the year.....a humble bunny.
While that seems fairly mundane to many of you it was satisfying on a few points quite apart from the ongoing break of 6 months since my last hunting success.
Firstly I finally managed to blood the Cadet 25-20 which DaveH has so openly envied in many posts.
After all, if it doesn't take game it may as well not be in the locker.......for you, Dave, that means now it's staying put!
In another sense I was able to nail the little coney in what has been a frustrating location in the past.
We first saw him run as we came into a little hollow that has cheated us out of game in the past.
It's full of burrows, both rabbit and wombat, and is tangled in brush.
He moved around a little more and then turned up hill a little and moved out of sight under some bushes.
I signalled my mate to circle around try and drive him up into the open field and he started to move that direction down in the hollow while I stayed a little up the side of the hill.
Then directly in front of me I saw a flash of white movement.
Clearly monsieur rabbit had done a hard right and proceded uphill and was only 20yds away from me.
He moved again and I looked through the scope but I was stuffed if I could make him out even though I knew exactly where he must be.
Then I lined up on red piece of bracken and tried to de-focus, much in the same way you do for those trick pictures where there's a hidden image.
It took me a second or 2 but then he was clearly in view and copped a 75gn FP at about 2100fps.
Here's a pic of your's truly with the Cadet & the bunny:
The last satisfying point, however, was because of my mate.
He lost his younger brother in a freak industrial accident just over a year ago and his brother had been his regular hunting buddy.
I'm pretty sure this was the first outing with a rifle since his brother died and the whole afternoon was very satisfying even though he didn't nail anything himself.
He did however blow up a severely shaken-up can of lemon squash with the 25-20 at about 50yds and he was chuffed about that.
It just goes to prove that the walk and the search are almost more important than actually bagging game.
Hope you guys are also as lucky as I've been today.