I've just obtained a new roe deer permission.
Hill sheep farm (ranging from 250-500m) mostly open moor but with patches of conifer plantation and some broadleaf woodland in valley bottom.
Evidence of roe in the woods and some badly browsed new planted broadleaf saplings.
My question to the more experienced in upland stalking: how likely are roe to appear in the open ground away from the woods? Most of the open ground is unimproved - mix of heather, bogs and marshy burn valleys.
I have seen large numbers of roe on moorland in Perthshire (above Blairgowrie), which surprised me. Oddly, they're mostly does. Is this a more general pattern, or a local idiosyncrasy?
All comments/observations very much appreciated.