I had a very promising spring and early summer where I was seeing plenty of bucks and does (roe) on my patch. However this soon dwindled to seeing only does and kids (which I would expect pre rut). I was having multiple sightings every visit. Now I am struggling to see any.
I have had many visits where I have seen nothing and canít remember the last time I had one in the cross hairs.
The land is 2000 acres of which is predominantly (probably 60%) commercial forestry. There are several open areas, and wide rides (mainly heather but some boggy rashy, grassy areas).
There are 2 locked gates a mile apart to gain access to the ground so I donít think poaching is a significant factor (not ruling it out though). There is a foot path through the middle which although not particularly popular while Iíve been there, (rare to meet anyone) I assume has fairly regular traffic.
Does any one else find this on their ground? Is it just a seasonal issue i.e. are they finding enough to eat without having to leave cover? While they soon be forced out again?
Is it possible the deer are becoming nocturnal due to disturbance?
Any other suggestions as to where my deer have gone?