Earlier this week our deer group got together to go over our cull cards and I showed them this photo of a young buck I shot out calling roe (at least I think it is a young buck). Anyway the history of it was as follows. I was out with my mum who was over from NZ and we had not seen any roe bucks apart from this one and as she was leaving the next day, I decided to shoot it rather than leave it. Anyway, although I had not thought it was too good as we where 180-200yds away, (i.e. head shot, which usually destroys the skull), I knew it was a bit good and even more so when I got to it. I probably should have left it for this year or next year. To cut a long story short one of the guys in our group was pretty disappointed and said that he felt it was a very good head for our area (west bucks). I know very little about judging roe buck trophy potential, coming from NZ. I had always been told the antlers had to be twice the length of the ears for it to be a medal, which this was not. I also have when stalking on a syndicate in Hampshire seen much heavier antlered roe bucks, therefore I thought I might post up the images so I can find out if it is any good or not and if it is worth getting it measured or not. I realise even if it is not a good head, it may be a good head for our area, but if it is agreed that it is not too good, then this should be a mitigating factor to allay the fears of my disgruntled stalking partner. . Here are the photos from the night. Not great quality but off a camera phone.
Here are the photos of the head which is still in my freezer.
Interested to hear your thoughts on this.