Having recently been asked to dispatch an injured fallow and roe doe both with leg injuries imagine my amaizement when a third deer staggered out from the same wood making it three injured deer in six weeks.
What is surprising is that the nearest main road is about a mile away and although i know deer travel some distance during the night it is rare to see a deer near the road due to a lack of cover and poor feeding compaired to the lush pasture nearer the woods.
The stalker with me at the time wondered if it was a poorly placed bullet that had caused the injury and it got me wondering
R T A or something more sinister ?
The leg was just atatched by a small piece of skin and i could clearly see were the deer had been biteing at it in an attempt to remove it.
I have stalked this particular ground for seven years and i have never seen an injured deer before and i have know shot three in six weeks.
This was the fallow
I havent any pictures of the other roe as i had left the camera at home in my other jacket.
There has been some poaching in the area recently and last year we had to phone the police on five seperate occasions twice for my own ground and three times for intruders on my neighbours hence my suspition and just wondered what you guys thought.
R T A or not ?
RICK O SHEA