Predominance of Fallow Deer

The ground in question is populated predominantly by Fallow with some Muntjac and Roe. However because of the predominance of Fallow Deer I tend to leave it alone over the summer months whilst we hunt Roe Buck elsewhere.

I have just got back from one of my stalking grounds and I am delighted.

The ground in question is populated predominantly by Fallow with some Muntjac and Roe. However because of the predominance of Fallow Deer I tend to leave it alone over the summer months whilst we hunt Roe Buck elsewhere.

Fallow are notable for being affected dramatically by pressure and by the end of the Doe season in March the deer are astonishingly shy and the simple whisper of human scent or site will send them 'pronking' off into the next county!!

However after just a couple of months of setting the ground aside they are back in their droves! That's terrific for me but not the farmer who will see these herding deer lying up in his crops and no doubt be cursing me for a lack of effort!

Unlike Roe who are territorial Fallow are wide ranging and will show little loyalty to a ground where they feel ill at ease and so any culling should be carried out with this in mind.

Indeed the advice to cull Fallow in short intense bursts should be well heeded and the site of so many on the ground has left me with renewed intentions to remember to do this during the coming season!!

Rigby

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