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    muntie behaviour

    shot a muntie today. I bumped it and it ran 10 metres then stoped and looked back, bang. I have seen roe do this all the time but it is the first time i seen a muntie do it. I have shot about 70 munties so got a bit of experience but not as much as some

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete evans View Post
    shot a muntie today. I bumped it and it ran 10 metres then stoped and looked back, bang. I have seen roe do this all the time but it is the first time i seen a muntie do it. I have shot about 70 munties so got a bit of experience but not as much as some
    Bucks will do it all the time. I shot a lovely buck, probably a good bronze this morning in exactly the same way. As soon as they run, get ready for a shot! If they don't look like stopping, give a quick whistle and they will generally stop and look over their shoulder. You will get about 3 seconds if you are lucky! This morning I got a low neck shot off in about 1 second!
    It normally works best if they haven't actually seen you but just heard something that has 'spooked' them.
    Muntjac Does are a bit different though. Once the tail is up and they are running, they never stop!
    Nice one Pete!
    MS

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    this was a doe, tail up, going for it. just stopped perfect broadside, wack. never seen this before. you neither it would appear

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete evans View Post
    this was a doe, tail up, going for it. just stopped perfect broadside, wack. never seen this before. you neither it would appear
    Blimey! You were lucky!
    Maybe it forgot something?
    I hope it wasn't a Fawn?!!
    Had it seen you or just heard you?
    I think curiosity has been the downfall of many a deer - not just Munties either!
    MS

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    winded me initially then saw me (i think) as i quickly drew a bead on it . started running then looked back about 10m later on edge of wood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey Spanker View Post
    I hope it wasn't a Fawn?
    How was its udder?
    /l\ Y gwir yn erbyn y byd /l\

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    no milk, no follower as far as i know, i had been watching it for a bit. had small embryo. when it stopped it was looking at me rather than for something, like roe do. just never seen this with a muntie

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete evans View Post
    ...i had been watching it for a bit...
    So you watched it for a while and then, presumably, put it up it on the stalk rather than bumping it unexpectedly. Yes? Sorry, Pete. I'm not trying to be awkward, just trying to get a better picture of the event. How far away from her were you when she first ran off?
    /l\ Y gwir yn erbyn y byd /l\

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    couldnt shoot as not safe, the area she was moving to that was safe was down wind. she winded me and i suspect saw me, ran then stopped and looked back. boom. 30m initial distance. like i say i have shot a fair few munties and have found to date they just leg it tail up if they wind see or hear you. ive had a few stare and stamp to the buttolo but never seen that stop and look back thing you often get with roe.

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    As you say, unusual.

    I wonder if she did actually see you or whether she ran on without really knowing what the threat was. When I bump munties in undergrowth I reckon, more often than not, that they have already seen me and just sit tight for a while before scarpering. Either that or they are totally oblivious to me until I'm nearly on top of them when both scent and sight will send them on their way. I have managed a few stalks on them where they seem to keep sniffing the air as if they are catching something they can't quite make out. There is a theory that prey animals can be highly inquisitive of novel sights and sounds if they aren't unduly alarmed. If she didn't see you and only caught a faint trace of your scent, her sense of a threat may have been insufficient to stifle her curiosity.

    Interesting post, Pete. This is precisely what stalking is all about. Thanks.
    /l\ Y gwir yn erbyn y byd /l\

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