just want to ask peoples opinion about shooting hinds and leaving calves in a mild climate like Devon. This is mid-devon to not Exmoor. I can't see any reason to shoot the calves that are already weaned and will mod up with the other hinds for the winter.
I did a season on the hill in Scotland and there I could see why it was standard proceedure to shoot the calve with the hind. On my BDS DSC1 in Devon last year they said to cull the calves. Most deer farms seem to wean the calves by the time of the runt, so I can't understand why you need to cull calves when there is loads of food arround in a mild climate
Opinions would be apprecaited!