Theres a small plantation 5 minutes walk away from my front door. It's less than 100 acres in size but is hanging in deer. A substantial part of it has wind fallen trees, is badly overgrown and 4 deer have been hit by cars travelling to and from it this year. The fence around the plantation is just regular stock fencing; not deer fence.
This afternoon i was flagged down my one of the old dears from the village who was distraught and crying. She'd hit deer number 4, it was badly injured with what looked like a broken back, bleeding from the mouth and the ear. Her little Daewoo Matiz was a right mess.
Fortunately i still had my stalking kit in the back of the car so could quickly dispatch it with my knife.
What makes me really mad is the fact that i contacted the forest agents last year, described the problem and asked for the oppertunity to control the deer numbers. I even included pics of the one dilapidated high seat which had fallen ages ago and was completely rotten and unusable. They were polite about it, but i was told that the stalking rights were with a stalker from Yorkshire and the only way i could control the deer was to outbid him next time.
OK, so that's the system and i either like it or lump it, but the woman who rents the stalker a cottage on the perimeter of the ground confirmed that he's been a total of 3 times in 2years. It just makes me mad.