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    Just seen my first Muntjac

    Before all you Devon boys start getting excited, we were looking after the Grandson today and took him to Exmoor Bird Gardens, bit of a misnomer as they have allsorts there. Wolves, cheetahs, Pumas, Ibex, Skunk, Tapir, etc.

    Walking round one enclosure it said Muntjac Deer, so I got a little excited and started scanning the pen for said Deer.

    Now I was looking for a Deer about the size of my Spaniel, boy did I get a shock at how small they were.
    Spaniel size?.......... King Charles more like.
    Great to see one though, and it was a nice day there


    Brian

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    munty

    you can see now why they are such a great stalk little buggers but not ever gunna be as great to stalk as roe
    scotty

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Croc View Post
    Before all you Devon boys start getting excited
    Well if they follow the Woburn model - a hole in the fence, a following wind, Ifor Williams etc then you might have to get used to them!

    Alex

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotty2449 View Post
    ...but not ever gunna be as great to stalk as roe
    scotty
    Oooooooh...not sure about that Scotty.
    /l\ Y gwir yn erbyn y byd /l\

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    I think they are great to stalk and i think maybe harder than Roe sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAM View Post
    I think they are great to stalk and i think maybe harder than Roe sometimes.
    I agree....with the "sometimes" bit

    At least IMHO because of their size then muntjac can be more difficult to stalk in heavy cover, but their habit of standing off and barking can also be their downfall. Then there are the times when they seem oblivious to everything and just bumble round the wood waiting for the stalker to shout "Oi!!!".

    willie_gunn
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Croc View Post
    Before all you Devon boys start getting excited...........
    Well, they're not all that far away from there - just over the border on the Quantocks in West Somerset.

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    Two years ago I saw one feeding in a field near Tiverton Parkway station.

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    They are getting more common but that might be because a Doe can mate twice a year and there are more about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAM View Post
    They are getting more common but that might be because a Doe can mate twice a year
    Cam
    An interesting observation, but i don't think that really makes a difference
    it's the way they like to explore, along with being able to adapt and reproduce in any situation and enviroment that has made them so successfull
    aswell as their likeness for dense cover and gardens

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