I was out this morning after a fox that has been taking chickens on a friends farm, the mission was partially accomplished as I shot one, but a second ran off.
There were three roe in the field by the chicken pen, which didn't run off at the shot, a mature buck in velvet, a doe and doe follower. As I still had plenty of time, I decided to wait to see whether the second fox might re-appear, as it was a couple of hundred meters away when I shot the first. In between scanning the hedgerow with my binoculars for a fox, I was watching the roe, and the buck was becoming increasingly interested in the mature doe. I switched to watching through my scope (the rifle was empty, safe backstop) as it has more magnification and he started pushing her about and eventually mounted her twice! With the benefit of 18x magnification and the perfect angle to see the 'money shot' he was obviously serious about it and she reacted as I would have expected if it was a warm July morning, rather than a bitterly cold March one.
This is by far the furtherest out of season that I have seen Roe mating, so I was wondering what peoples thoughts are. Could the doe have been in season, if so when might any kids be born (this summer or next)?