Hi guys, I live and do a lot of my stalking in south Herefordshire where we have started, at long last, to see a few roe deer. However, as fast as they turn up they get shot. I suspect that some are being lost to poachers and have tried, in vain, to get plod to do something. I even had a picture on a trail cam of a bloke with shotgun on my ground along with postive ID and plod did F-all and this guy has been boasting of his poaching exploits to other locals. I have a good relationship with local FC but have more chance of sprouting a wooden c0ck than influencing their culling tactics which leaves other stalkers. What chance of getting legitimate stalkers to leave roe deer alone until established?
I am lucky to have some really good roe stalking on the Cotswolds so do not need to shoot the precious few round here and have never shot one in Herefordshire and won't until we'll established but am beginning to wonder who's the fool?
To illustrate the point, 7 or 8 on my ground in spring. Now not one. Unfortunately, all ground borders FC or other guys permissions and I fear the old problem of "if I don't shoot it, some other b#gger will" has taken hold.
Do any of you chaps have similar issues and any experience of getting a local agreement to give the deer a chance to get established?