Forgive me if this is a silly question but having done some accompanied stalking, recently passed my DSC1, joined a syndicate and been 'cut loose' on my own for the first time I have been finding the stalking challenging to say the least and any tips would be greatly appreciated!
I stalk a 1500 acre predominantly mature forested area in south west Scotland which I am assured holds red and roe deer and this is verified by the amount of tracks I see in muddy areas of the paths. However despite a number of long sits in high seats and my best efforts at walk and stalking I have seen very little. I understand from speaking to a few people including the local farmer that the woodland reds in the area are not particularly timid and it is more an element of luck of being around at the right time when they are 'in town' so to speak.
My question is regarding Roe Bucks; during my 2 x 3 day recent stalking visits thus far I have seen a handful of Doe's but no Bucks yet. I have been told by a few people that they go to ground for a few weeks after the rut to rest up. Based on people's experience do they start showing themselves again before October 20th and if so how soon?
Thanks in advance