I've noticed a few threads about medal roe bucks popping up recently.
I'm not at all a trophy hunter, but I am a biologist with an interest in the causes of variation in populations, so it set me wondering, and I have a few questions I'd be grateful for any answers to:
1. How was the medal classification decided upon? Ie. How did they decide what should constitute a bronze, silver or gold? If I were to try to work something like that out from first principles, I'd get an estimate of natural variation in the population, then say the top 1% would be classed as gold, the next 4% as silver and the next 5% after that as bronze. Is it something like that?
2. What proportion of shot animals actually attain medal status?