I was out on the morning of September 8th and spent 20 mins watching a doe and buck slowly work up a hedge adjacent to a field of standing wheat. Glorious light and the doe was in 50;50 summer: winter coat. Eventually I spotted the very dark buck who was in full winter coat, he was 50 so yards behind her and was all but invisible against the thick hedge. Unfortuanetly he didn't present for a suitable shot and as he looks like he is a possible one sided murder buck he is now on the cull list.
Last night on route how down a not so rural lane there was a buck and doe in a stubble field very close to the lane, both were in winter coats.
In late August when out foxing I watched a very dark old buck which I had never seen before as he patrolled his patch.
Is it normal for roe to moult so early in the year as I cannot recall when I normally see roe in winter pellage?
Any other observations form members?