December is a great time to check out what the red stags in an area are growing on their heads. With their antlers still growing in the velvet stage you can assess what the area may be like for trophies during the rut / roar during Autumn.
On this occassion my survey has hampered by poor weather conditions part way through, reducing the number of animals seen. When on the open tops the first and last two hours of the day are the most critical for sighting game.
On the first evening I watched a promising 8 point stag and a young spiker. Both just before dark and close to a well used track. The next morning the spiker was again sighted and another in the valley below. A hind about to give birth was observed in a stoney creek head also.
The weather then turned with low cloud reducing visiblity to a mere 50 metres. This cleared the following morning around 7.30 am, unfortunately 2 1/2 hours after first light and no further sightings were made.
I checked out a few access routes for future referrence which can make al the differance at times.