An experienced stalker mentioned to me that he believes the local roe population is approaching the level were it may become unsustainable. He puts this down to the increase in legitimate stalking, more poaching and succession of bad summers and a couple of hard winters.
I know populations differ from area to area, but there are certainly seem to be roe fewer around my part of the county. A local game dealer has also been told by several of his suppliers that they will be reducing their doe cull this winter due to there being less deer on the ground.
How are roe faring elsewhere? Would it help if the doe season revert to finishing at the end of February? Some of my landowners view deer as pests, and wouldn't condone voluntary restraint etc.