Out today for a walk on land that has some of the best Sika in the Poole Basin with my camera i came upon an emaciated yearling.
The events and thorts on it consumed what would have been a great dive this evening so i welcome your replies on the incident..
I have pictures but cant get them on the site. Its ribs, spine and pelvis were hanging out and had diorea. It was in such bad condition that i came out from cover, and on approaching it was unable to run or walk away collapsing just looking at me inches away.
I despatched the animal with a fence post that i found after looking nearby as didnt want it disappearing back into the reed beds for a slow death and my camera was the only other thing being carried..
So this leads to my first question.. I then went to the estate office to inform them of my actions and where the animal was located.. They accepted without question my actions and after taking my details got in touch with the estate deer manager..
I know the name of the Deer manager for the estate but am not known to him yet gave my number incase he wanted to contact me..
He did ring me and i explained my actions. i also gave some names of people as it happens he new well in an effort to show i am a genuine person and i felt i needed to give myself some legitimacy because of how the call was taking shape.. It was a straight talking call..
How would you guys feel if somebody walking on an estate you manage yet with permission( my permission is to be on the estate not shoot on it ) acted in the way i did??
During the phone call i asked that if he didnt mind i would like more information about the diseased animal from the gralloch.. His reply is that in the lower field there is a mineral deficiency.. Obviously i am out of my depth here but i was told the animal would no longer be able to feed and the condition would naturally deteriorate worsening over time ..
What i cant understand is two fields down there are some of the most magnificent Sika in the country. Huge well conditioned and healthy.. The sika on the estate are in large groups however this animal was solitary
All replies welcome on the site but if somebody would like to pm me ref photos.. Ive got as far as photobucket but cant get them on the site