A little bit of background info. I currently have permission to shoot a smallish (1200acres) estate in Norfolk, this is bordered by a large estate. We have a very large prolific Red deer population that transits through the estate.
I was out the other evening watching the reds walk along my boundary, I counted a total of 83 head, this was an awesome sight to see so many animals together. As I was watching I began to realise that there was a distinct lack of mature premium stags, out of the 83 that I counted there was 6 males, a mixture of prickling and 6-8 pointers, nothing that I would consider to be a "premium" animal.
I have a suspicion that I know what the answer is to this question, but is it normal to have this many females gathered together without any "premium" stag company at this time of year. I know from this time last year and what I have seen throughout the winter that the big stags were out there. Or have the premium animals been removed from the equation?