This article was contributed by Kevin BjÃ¶rkman who is an avid hunter and outdoorsman located in Sweden. We are excited to bring some international flare to our website. In this adventure article Kevin will be telling the story of shooting a Roebuck on the opening day of the season.
What is a Roebuck you ask? Simply put, a Roebuck is a male Roe Deer. Roe Deer are a Eurasian species of deer which populate almost the entire European continent. They are smaller than North American Whitetail Deer and often fluctuate in size depending on the availability of food. They are usually grey and reddish brown in color. These deer are very well adapted to the colder weather found throughout Europe. Roe deer have a diet that is very similar to that of most other deer to include grass, leaves, and berries. The meat from this dear has been described as being â€œdelicateâ€ and is popular in many regions of Europe.
It was a coldÂ August morningÂ in Southern Sweden. The fogÂ was so thickÂ over the fields that it could clearly be seen, even at night.Â I was setting out to hunt Roe Deer on the morning of the season opener. I had scouted the area several times and had chosen a location to sit for opening morning.
I walked in the dark to myÂ chosen hunting site and sat down to get comfortable. I patiently watched as theÂ sun began toÂ slowly riseÂ up overÂ the horizon. I continuously scanned my surroundings because knewÂ the deerÂ wouldÂ go out in theÂ field withinÂ the next hour.Â I sat and waited while I enjoyed the morning as it was unfolding in front of me. The sun began to light up the large filed which laid before me.
The sun fully rose and after a few minutes, aÂ femaleÂ roe deerÂ walked outÂ of the woods with her twoÂ calves [fawns].Â I felt myÂ adrenaline rushÂ immediately because I knew thatÂ the females Roe DeerÂ rarely travel without a RoebuckÂ following.Â The two calvesÂ started to playÂ out in the field and did not see me sitting near a tree.Â TheyÂ leapedÂ around and playedÂ withÂ each other.Â ThisÂ was enough toÂ brightenÂ my day beyond my normal level of excitement.
The morning became more enjoyable when, after about 10 minutes, a buckÂ appeared out of the woods to greet the other deer.Â He was standingÂ at 200 meters [218 yards] which wasÂ a bit far for me to shoot.Â So I started toÂ call him closer. Roebucks generally respond very well to calls and will quickly advance in the direction from which the call originates. He was attentiveÂ butÂ was moving slowlyÂ towards me.Â He continuedÂ to creepÂ gentlyÂ but eventuallyÂ he stopped and stoodÂ atÂ 120 meters [131 yards].
I looked though my scope to look him over more closely.Â He showedÂ soundÂ bodyÂ charactersÂ in relation to the other Roebucks thatÂ I have seen.Â I donâ€™t know what startled him but he began to run. I leveled my sights on his center mass and squeezed the trigger. The bullet fired from my rifle and struck him as he ran. He collapsed immediately and ceased moving.
I waited a few minutes and then walked over to where the deer had fallen. As I walked, I thought about how successful the hunt had gone and how enjoyable my morning was. I stood over the deer and inspected the animal.
It was notÂ theÂ biggestÂ buck I had ever shotÂ but he was a quality deer none the less. That morning was a pleasantÂ huntingÂ memory thatÂ I will never forget.