Watching the shooting show last night got me thinking about shooting followers. (This is not a thread slagging off the show as I genuinely am not sure what the norm is!)
The stalker was out at the end of his Doe cull to try and get a couple last minute before season end.
He came across a doe, with two followers. One definitely a buck I'm not sure about the other and proceeded to shoot them both, while he left the adult Doe alone as she never presented a shot, other than for the camera.
Now my query?
Is it not a bit late in the season to class a Roe buck that is almost a year old a follower? Especially when it's only a few days until the buck season when he could shoot it anyway.
As a noob I would have thought the doe would have been priority as part of a cull plan?
Is there a certain time (ethically or best practice) that you cannot or do not shoot bucks out of season as followers?
The whole follower thing confuses me a bit if I'm honest and I need to get my head round it for next season, when I'm going to be managing the Roe more for the landowner,