I am a new member on this forum. I live in Michigan in the USA, and am an avid outdoorsman. I have been enjoying lurking around here for a bit and learning something about deer stalking in the UK. I am quite curious about some of the shooting practices and regulations that exist in your country, and I have found this website to be most helpful. I would like to ask a few questions to clarify some things that are still unclear to me.
1) I am especially interested in the way that game animals are managed in your country. Here in the US the state and national governments have a large role in the management of deer and other game populations are managed. It seems from my reading that local land owners have a lot of autonomy to manage their herds as they see fit. Is this impression correct?
2) I am surprised to learn of the (relatively) many species of deer that you all enjoy in the UK. I am interested in knowing more about the local attitudes there on the introduced species of deer. Obviously, many of these species are naturalized by this time. Do local wildlife managers have a basically positive attitude toward these naturalized species? Is anyone bothered by their impact on the ecosystem or is it too late to be bothered with such issues?
3) I am intrigued by the roe deer. It seems very similar in many ways to our native whitetails. I had the chance to observe some of these deer in the wild in my visits to Germany and they reminded me very much of smallish whitetails in look and behavior. Can anyone speak to the similarities and differences between whitetail and roe hunting (stalking)? How do they compare as far as the wariness of the animal and the challenge of the hunt?
Sorry for the long post. I have many more questions but do not want to tax your bandwidth more than I should . If anyone has time to answer any of my questions then I would be delighted. Thanks for the opportunity to learn more about deer stalking in the UK.