Last summer when if was off work when the wife was ill we spent quite a bit of time walking. We walked on the moors Behind my house which is Broomhead moor, one of the best grouse moors in the country.
I had had the feeling for a while that there were deer knocking about that area so we went in search of them. Eventually we found them, a pair of Stags which were both in velvet at the time and were in fantastic condition. They had come over from Derwent valley. At least once a week, maybe twice we would go and watch them and never failed, i even managed to stalk into them and get some great photos.
On one occasion we were on a track onto the moor after watching them when this land rover came up to us and asked if we didn`t mind not bringing the dog onto that particular bit of moor as it was open access. Ok i said as i understood from the grouse and other ground nesting birds point of view, although the dog was always on the lead.
While chatting to what now became evident as the landowner i asked if there were any keepering jobs available and spoke about what i had done. I did mention that my real passion was deer and that i helped manage deer on ground around the country and did also mention that i had seen the 2 stags down in the valley to which he rolled his eyes as if to say oh dear, he knows about them. I told him that i had no intention of blabbing it about locally so it was safe with me, afterall they were the only deer that i knew about officially living in my area and why would i want any local poachers to go taking them, plus i was really happy that hopefully their numbers could get up over the next few years.
We made our way after chatting and i did make mention to the wife that i wouldn`t be surprised if he now had them shot because their where abouts was now known, especially by a deerstalker.
Well, my fears have become reality as a few months ago i had it on good authority that they had them shot, the reason, Broomhead have never tolerated deer on their ground as they are frightened they could attract the local dog men. Unbelievable, so people that are happy to watch deer, including me, (as it`s not only about shooting them) have to suffer because dog men MIGHT go poaching them.
At the time i told Broomhead that i wouldn`t mention it to a sole and my word was my bond and i didn`t until now. Broomhead estate you should be ashamed.
I don`t know if anyone else has had anything similar happen, suffice to say it made me livid.