I know this is a controversial subject, I just wanted to raise it again to see peoples viewpoints 'this year' and if any new members of the forum had opinions not previously expressed.
and the subject is (drumroll),,no, not long range shooting or berger vld's, but hind culling.
The ground I cover is well down on hind/yearling/calf population this year, let's blame the FC over-culls for now (to make it easy), this means that I have no need to cull for the purpose of reducing numbers, but purely to remove unwanted deer and provide the landowner with a few carcasses to meet his annual Argo servicing costs.
This year that involved taking spikers, hummels, and 'button bucks/stags', and during the winter, old hinds with no yearling and/or calf, and orphaned calves, and very weak/small calves that are unlikely to survive the winter.
I was strictly told (not that I needed to be), that if I take any hinds, not to dare show up until I have the calf as well. - I do agree with this of course. I know that's a controversial one, but I did read somewhere that an orphaned calf will only have a 25% chance of survival during the winter, which on more open ground, is the same for roe kids.
any views/thoughts/input - what are you guys targeting for the winter if your numbers don't mean trying to cull to reduce numbers?
hope for constructive conversation, not a slagging match.