I had a good afternoon yesterday, I had an afternoon with a group of forestry students and a deer officer from DCS.
We looked at deer management but went on to discuss more ethical issues involving management, something DCS have been trying to kick start but it hasn't gained much momentum up here yet.
Here's a couple of the questions we posed, I'd be interested in peoples opinions.
The more we manage, the more responsibility we take on for the welfare of the deer, where does our duty of care end, how much do we manage, is natural mortality acceptable.
Deer in Scotland are "res nullus" should this be changed? Should a land owner be legally responsible for the deer on their ground?
I know there is more the 2 questions there, it was quite interesting the views that came across as most of the students have no connection with stalking but will in the future be responsible for deer management on large areas of forest.