I wanted to put this to the collective wisdom of the SD.
Last night whilst out to see if the fields on a nearby farm had been cut i happened to notice a Roe buck who appeared to still be in velvet.
I had driven to and parked in the field gateway before noticing this buck, who was about 30 yards away. After watching him for a minute I thought there was something wrong about his appearance, when i looked through my scope i could see that his antlers appeared to be slightly blurred and indistinct, as i watched i could see that he appeared to be in the process of shedding his velvet still. I watched the buck for about 10 minutes and in that time he did scratch at his head a few times and thrash gently in the long grass.
I should mention at this point that his coat appeared to be in great condition and that he appeared to be well fed.
He certainly wasnt a perruque, as i could see the points of his antlers. It did not appear to be normal though.
I left him alone in the end, i would rather have a healthy deer on that ground than shoot one without a good reason, but if i was mistaken and welfare is an issue then i will go back and try to catch up with him.
I would appreciate any thoughts and wisdoms from those more experience than myself in such matters.