OK I know I should know the answer to this but last week whilst out magpie culling with the .22lr I saw a mature doe with 2 followers the buck follower still had a complete set of white tipped antlers which were a couple of inches above the tops of his ears.
I assume he was a follower as he was clearly smaller than the mature doe but bigger than the young doe. Range was 250yds and a bit dull but clearly had antlers.
VS two days earlier son and friend when out with air rifles all but stepped on 4 roe and the big buck had well develope antlers in velvet.
I thought mature bucks shed early winter and youngsters later.
What are other members observations this year.