we have a syndicate ground in south scotland, the block is approx 4 miles in circumferance with rydes and a open hill, so a fair size. Surrounding areas include open hills and more forest blocks.
i have two questions i would like some help answering.
1. When we went up in may, we saw 22 roe does in total. this consisted of does alone, with last years kids and last years kids alone.
We only saw one buck and over the last 2years only saw half a dozen, is this because the roe buck will stay in cover more? or can our sighting of 150 does to 6 bucks be a true reflection of the population.
2. will a roe buck mate with several does in a season? if so will he stay with one doe and sneak off to another doe and then return or stay with the last one til the next opertunity arises?
i did return to the area on the last stalk where i saw the buck first but was unable to take a shot. This time i was more sucessful and brought the buck home with me. I felt i deserved something for my 23 hours of 5 stalks. On the way home and since, ive convinced myself ( nearly ) i was right to take the buck due to amount of last years kids that were about, there must be a good population of bucks even though i couldnt see them.