I've got a bit of situation to manage.
Yesterday I found a red hind dead just off (a matter of yards) my property. I won't go into the details of cause of death or give my opinion as to persons responsible, (having been shot down in flames previously) I'll just stick to the facts.
She had calved and was wet.
Searched the area to no avail, went back at first light this morning, and located a spotty calf mewling and following close on a hind with her own calf. I couldn't maneuvre for a shot due to intervening vegetation, and lost contact.
My questions are:
Is it possible imitate a maternal call that may encourage the calf to break cover into a shootable position? I can (and have) called stags successfully during the rut.
Is there any chance that the second hind may "adopt" the youngster in a fertile well fed lowland area, even with an older calf of her own? I have not heard or seen such a thing personally, but I had a hind three years that may have done so (or had had twins.) Orphan looks like a week or two old at most.
Any advice appreciated.