I'm seeking a little advice from those with more experience in Roe Deer Management than me.
I have a small wood of about 30 acres that regularly holds roe deer. I plan on taking out a couple of the older does shortly (With the landowners blessing) as they are getting quite old and scrawny and are unlikely to produce any more affspring now. Because I have not shot any roe in this woodland for 6 years or so (At the owners request) there is now a good head of younger and very healthy deer that frequent this woodland which we would like to maintain so as to keep a good healthy stock. (It is not uncommon for me to "bump" at least three or four deer every time I walk through this woodland) The landowners do understand that in order to maintain a good and healthy herd there needs to be a management plan in operation which they have asked me to impliment as I am the only shooter allowed on their land.
The woodland has to be approached in a particular way or there is no safe shot available and I know the deer runs and regular haunts where these deer use to lay up during the day. With this in mind what I would like to do (If it is possible and practical) is to start up some sort of a feeding station to try to lure them into a place where the older ones can be safely shot.
I was thinking about some sort of a feeder or maybe spreding some carrots (Or similar) in the area where I want them. Is this possible/practical, and if so what sort of feed should I spread around. Also, if I am going to use some sort of a "feeder" is it possible to make my own and what sort of feed would be best to use in it please?
All practical thoughts, suggestions and ideas welocme guys.