Ok. I have a dilemna about Roe bucks and am not sure what to do for the best!
I'll bullet point the facts then see what you would do in my shoes. It may even bring back memories for the more experienced stalkers on here as you may have been in the same position, and if so please tell!!
- I have never shot a Roe buck before
- I have been asked to manage the deer for the farmer who likes to see them about, so doesn't want them hammered. Munties get shot on sight though
- We don't have loads of Roe on the ground (1000 acres mainly arable) so shooting a dominant buck wouldn't matter so much if others moved in as there is not much damage (at the moment!)
- As I haven't seen many Roe in person I don't have the experience or knowledge to know how old they may be when I encounter them, apart from being obviously youngsters
- As far as I'm aware the neighbouring farm has no-one shooting the deer so any good buck 'may' get left alone (I've set the wheels in motion and enquired about the stalking )
- I don't yet have a set cull plan as I'm still guaging numbers and learning the trade so to speak
So to the options, would you?
- Show restraint (as I have been doing) and study the Roe further before shooting one unless I happen upon a definitive cull buck, malform, etc
- Leave the nice buck I've seen hoping/assuming it may get bigger and better and not get shot elsewhere
- Shoot the next buck I see given the chance regardless of size, shape, etc, as you never know what's going to happen in the future
- Purposely go out and try and get the nice buck while the rut is on, as it would make a cracking 1st Roe buck in case it dissappears
Please share your thoughts and feel free to add an option or question to help out,