About 6 weeks ago I found a red hind foreleg in my woodland about 250 yards from an adjacent farm. I also found a four post section of rabbit netting unclipped from the fence and flattened.
It's funny how your instincts are always right, deer movement had changed, much more nocturnal and easily spooked. The odd unusual human footprint, I just put it down to winter inappetance but I did think it was odd.
I kept a close eye on the place, spoke to local 'keepers who I knew occasionally shot deer next door, no issues there.
Friday night walking the dog with the missus and spotted a bloke with a rifle heading back to a pick-up in the next door farmyard, he walked quickly away, completely ignoring me. I then spoke to the farm tenant, who told me the guy was legit, and had the famers permission to shoot the odd marauder!
Trouble is land is 200 acres of flat fields with my wood as a backstop! Farmer is supposed to contact me with details of anyone shooting as he needs the backstop. I suspect this yahoo has seen deer beyond the fence and it's been too tempting.
Got my eye on him though......car reg, known address and employer.