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    Where have all the deer gone?

    Just back from a weekend on my syndicate in Argyll Scotland.

    Could not have asked for better weather.. beautiful blue skies, cold, hard frosts and the ocassional light snow fall.

    Road runs right thru centre of the permission, so easy to see tracks in the snow but no deer moving about and no fresh sign... where the hell are they?

    Have they moved on or are they hiding up, conserving energy?

    Costs a lot to travel all the way up from the south, so started to question the economics, especially when going home empty handed.

    Then I read this thread on Africa hunting and it reminded me why I continue to hunt
    http://www.africahunting.com/hunting...-people-3.html

    "Ever play a game where there is a 100% chance of winning? There isn't much excitement. It's like playing Monopoly with an 8 year-old. You'll win all right, but the outcome was never in doubt. Whooop-de-doo. It's like watching your favorite team play the Detroit Lions. Sure, they'll win, but by the next day the game won't even be remembered".

    "The best hunts are those when you aren't really sure it will work out. I think that's why the trophy that magically appears during the last hour of the last day of the hunt will forever stand out. It's the uncertainty that keeps it fun".

    "Collecting a head for the wall is OK I guess, sort of like collecting collector plates or shot glasses. Really though, I dump money on the taxidermist mostly to remember the friends, the stalk, and the sunrise over the desert that day. Anything else is sort of like fishing at the fish hatchery".

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    The deer are here ok but i know some areas in Argyll have been getting shot out i here places like kilbride park got so hard hit by FC stalker it might take years to recover.Glen daruel Tinnabruach is all so areas that have been really heavely culled i am told just a few roe left.
    Last edited by 6pointer; 10-01-2011 at 22:42.

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    50/50. The way deer are been treated in evermore places these days, I would think there's a great chance their hanging up somewhere not hiding up. My thoughts are exactly the same as 6 pointer's comments.

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    Davie theres not been a Fc stalker in that area for a lot of years Fc only have a very small patch in the area which has been cleared for over two years .

    We all have dry days even the professionals, if it was that easy it would be boring.

    Deer don't always move just for fun, if there getting plenty of food why move ,the ground isn't being disturbed had it been disturbed Chris wouldn't have shot the three Roe on Friday afternoon ,mmmmm 50/50 you've just got to let her apron strings go a bit more often .

    Scotland just ain't Africa for you guys that are driving to Scotland it just might take as long to get here as it does Africa

    But if your countrymen shared a bit more you wouldn't have to travel at all .

    I'll go up tomorrow and let some more deer out the pen LOL.

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    Ha Ha Bob just ripping the pish i know whop 5050 is and were he shoots great bit of ground not been for a while but it will be the same as i remember deer every time we went. Get down to the bit of wood on the right hand side of the road it was always good when the weather was cold. I will pay that a visit soon and will show the lads some deer BB hut was always a good hit also ha ha

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    Quote Originally Posted by widows son View Post
    Davie theres not been a Fc stalker in that area for a lot of years Fc only have a very small patch in the area which has been cleared for over two years .

    We all have dry days even the professionals, if it was that easy it would be boring.

    Deer don't always move just for fun, if there getting plenty of food why move ,the ground isn't being disturbed had it been disturbed Chris wouldn't have shot the three Roe on Friday afternoon ,mmmmm 50/50 you've just got to let her apron strings go a bit more often .

    Scotland just ain't Africa for you guys that are driving to Scotland it just might take as long to get here as it does Africa

    But if your countrymen shared a bit more you wouldn't have to travel at all .

    I'll go up tomorrow and let some more deer out the pen LOL.
    lol agree but not with the countrymen bit

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    There were deer everywhere the week before xmas, I saw 53 red and roe on our block in one day not far from Glen daruel and Tinnabruach. That is exceptional for our block but it shows the deer are still about.

    ATB

    Tahr

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    Sometimes they herd together in the most protected areas of the grounds (in my experience), where it is warmest and most sheltered from the wind. When in Summer/Autumn you can find deer all over the grounds, sometimes in winter you can walk all day, suddenly to find 75% of the deer within 1/2 square mile of each other, and should you miss that area of the grounds, you can have been out all day wondering where the hell the deer went

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    These ones hanging around in a shelterd block ready for a wee drive by


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    Wink

    Quote Originally Posted by widows son View Post
    Davie theres not been a Fc stalker in that area for a lot of years Fc only have a very small patch in the area which has been cleared for over two years .

    We all have dry days even the professionals, if it was that easy it would be boring.

    Deer don't always move just for fun, if there getting plenty of food why move ,the ground isn't being disturbed had it been disturbed Chris wouldn't have shot the three Roe on Friday afternoon ,mmmmm 50/50 you've just got to let her apron strings go a bit more often .

    Scotland just ain't Africa for you guys that are driving to Scotland it just might take as long to get here as it does Africa

    But if your countrymen shared a bit more you wouldn't have to travel at all .

    I'll go up tomorrow and let some more deer out the pen LOL.
    Ok Rob, point taken...I guess I have been a bit spoilt by Africa and NZ

    But seriously....the three roe were daft youngsters on the day we arrived and the only deer (or fresh sign) we both saw on the ground the whole weekend.

    What I'd like to know... is where the bl**dy hell you've got em penned up?

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