Following a conversation with someone who sits on a board that decides deer management policies in England and Wales, can anyone give me their opinion on the following points discussed in a recent meeting:
1- in general are roe numbers lower than the past few years?
If so is this due to:
A- the extension of the doe season into march?
B- illegal poaching?
C- higher carcass prices over the last few seasons resulting in more deer being shot?
D- estate/farm employees shooting deer at night without permission from the owner and pocketing the money from the game dealer?
Which counties have problems with the above questions?
I am looking for honest, constructive and serious comments to these questions as the response will be passed onto this contact. Any comments are really only relevant from English stalkers as the body in question has no impact in Scotland.