No rifle involved in this one but I have just spent a pleasant 4 days with the family, camping up in the Thetford forest. The last time I was up there was almost 20 years ago. I know that the deer number explosion was well reported in the national press for that area, but seeing is believing!! Last time I was there, you had to go looking pretty hard for the deer in the forestry blocks between Thetford and East Harling.. Twenty years ago I saw lots of Roe for every one muntjack. This time I saw Muntjac throughout the day all over the place. Even had one run the length of the camp site as I shoved me head out the tent with the dog at 05:20 yesterday morning. Not seen as many reds in the past either. This time saw two stags in velvet, feeding totally unconcerned, within 50 metres of the Dower House campsite. The time was 19:00 with numerous people on the other side of a narrow conifer belt. Watched a mega headed roe buck fraying a sapling by the old chuch yesterday evening. Big boy he was. As we left today at 12:00, watched a group of 10 red hinds in an arable field by the Shadwell estate.
The change in the understory of the forrest is very noticable in places as well. You can see a very clear browse line in many blocks and instead of the rich diversity of plants I remember along the rides, bracken seems to be the major plant now. Anyone living locally able to confirm what I have seen as being due to the increasing deer numbers, especially muntjac, or are factors having an effect as well?
Never shot in Norfolk but looks as if a NON family trip might be called for at some time.