One of my permissions has a serious issue with dog-walkers who are often found in the woodland well away from the public footpaths.
This makes stalking challenging for obvious reasons - despite many signs of deer (tracks, damage, droppings, fraying, 'high-ways' through the woodland) I have a quite low success rate on this particular permission. (approx. 1 in 6 stalks results in a cull, the land holds Roe and Muntjac)
I get conflicting advise from more experienced stalkers:
One the one hand it is often stated that deer get used to human presence, dog-walkers and farm workers being around; however on the other hand I get advised that when there is too much human disturbance the deer become virtually 100% nocturnal.
Any comments/advise would be much appreciated - thank you.