Scott and his fantastic family, tasting the meat of the roe deer shot the same morning, on the rooftop of the small castle overlooking the hunting area… This is the perfect end of what we consider an “Italian family hunt experience”…
Two days before we left Rome to go in Gubbio where our good friends were staying. The hotel, an ancient palace with panoramic view on the whole valley, has a nice small restaurant in the ancient square of the village. After the unavoidable Italian lunch, based on some typical Umbria’s products, with Scott and the eldest daughter, we drive to the hunting area. The weather is warm and the huge population of roe deer inhabiting the unfenced 700 hectares hunting area is still inside the woods. We decide, before continuing the hunt, to spend another little bit of time together with the ladies and we have a quick dinner based on bruschetta and black truffle together with a good bottle of red wine. The atmosphere of this small restaurant is so nice that, at the end, we need to force ourselves to go on the hunt. It’s becoming dark and, with the lower temperature, we see lot of roe deer walking around the small fields surrounded by cypresses and olive groves. We can’t find a good male and we decide, when too dark to see properly, to go back to the hotel.
The morning, at 5,30 a.m., we are, with our binoculars in the hands, looking a male roe deer moving in and out of the wood, behind him in the horizon we see the medieval castle overlooking the hunting estate. The trophy is not enormous but is a representative Italian roe deer trophy, the excitement is so great that Scott decide for the shot: a perfect shot granting his first Italian roe deer.
In the evening, before the new hunt, a small surprise for our guests: during the day the lady working in the castle has cooked the roe deer in four different ways: we enjoy it overlooking the outstanding Umbria landscape from the top of the small castle.
We spend the whole night hunt looking for a great roe deer we spotted this morning. Roe deer is a creature of habit and we can find it again but, extremely sensitive to every noise or danger, he run into the wood disappearing from our view.
We try again in the morning walking around the various small fields around the wood he entered during the night. We see various other animals but the one we look for is easy to be distinguished thanks to an irregular horn. After walking around the whole hilly part of the estate we can finally see him: we both immediately understand he is the one and, without even the need to tell him, Scott prepare himself for the shot… “He is the one! If you’d like it, shoot!”… Not two second after Scott has earned his second roe deer, a great, irregular trophy!
It’s now time to drive back to Florence where our good friends will continue with their Italian tour but, on the way, there is still the time to visit an olive oil producer and a Chianti vineyard in one of the most incredible ancient villas in Tuscany.
The light in the eyes of our good friend Scott makes me feel proud of this hunting weekend, the two trophies, the great approach we did on the second roe deer, the outlooks from the small, family owned, restaurant in Gubbio, the dinner in the castle and the wonderful time spent with Scott and his fantastic family… Another great Italian hunting experience!