Ok chaps - it was perhaps not the best thing to do at this time of night - but I've just re-read the BDS training manual section relating to diseases and complaints etc. in deer, in preparation for my DSC1 course next month.
I now feel somewhat inclined never to go near another deer, ever again, for fear of missing something and giving myself Lyme disease or TB etc. I realise that might make me something of a hypochondriac and I also realise that it's going to be a long while until I've learnt enough from other experienced stalkers to feel confident in going out entirely on my own, so I've got some time to learn and can rely on others' experience to spot what I might miss for some time yet.
That said, can someone give me some kind of impression about how often one runs into a "notifiable" disease, or finds a carcass which can't be eaten?
I'm new to stalking as some of you will already be aware, have really enjoyed what I've done so far and I'm in it mainly to shoot deer to eat rather than sell, but I'd rather not die of consumption or be the first person to discover a deer with anthrax in the UK by catching it, for instance.
Any real world experience or reassurance you can offer would be much appreciated.