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Thread: RTC Roe buck with yellowish skin and very patchy hair

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    RTC Roe buck with yellowish skin and very patchy hair

    Moved a young roe buck off the road this morning, he looked ok but was missing a lot of hair down one side and the skin had quite a yellowish tinge. Is this indicative of an illness or more likely he had skidded a long way on the tarmac?
    Beretta Silver Pigeon 20 Bore
    Browing X-Bolt Stainless Stalker - 30-06
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    Could be trauma. What did it feel like - smooth or bristly. Any pics?

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    Completely forgot to take pics - DOH! There was very little hair at all on his side, all the way down the side, and the skin was a very yellow colour underneath. I don't think he had skidded on that side as the skin was still very much intact. There were no signs of scratches or "gravel rash" on the skin and the skin looked quite smooth, just yellowish in colour. Other than that he looked like quite a healthy young buck, 4 points in total and clean of velvet, quite a small size for a roe, no signs of any other problems and he looked quite well fed and ,other than the hair, in good condition.
    Beretta Silver Pigeon 20 Bore
    Browing X-Bolt Stainless Stalker - 30-06
    Countryside Management Diary - http://www.leagueofwrath.co.uk/cmblog/

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    I'll see if he's still there on the way back tonight and try and get some pics
    Beretta Silver Pigeon 20 Bore
    Browing X-Bolt Stainless Stalker - 30-06
    Countryside Management Diary - http://www.leagueofwrath.co.uk/cmblog/

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    Sounds like hair slip, may also have happened in an incident before the RTC or by front of the car that hit it. It doesn't take much for a deer to shed a patch of hair at this time of year. In the normal moult the red summer coat will cover the skin, but if he was in a bit of a scrape (chased or fighting?) before the summer coat has started growing then yellow skin is what you'll see!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dama View Post
    Sounds like hair slip, may also have happened in an incident before the RTC or by front of the car that hit it. It doesn't take much for a deer to shed a patch of hair at this time of year. In the normal moult the red summer coat will cover the skin, but if he was in a bit of a scrape (chased or fighting?) before the summer coat has started growing then yellow skin is what you'll see!
    Yeah, I did wonder if he had just been rubbing his side a lot on trees and things trying to shift his winter coat and just got a bit over enthusiastic about it. It was pretty much all down one side was nearly bald. Thanks for the info
    Beretta Silver Pigeon 20 Bore
    Browing X-Bolt Stainless Stalker - 30-06
    Countryside Management Diary - http://www.leagueofwrath.co.uk/cmblog/

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    Looks like road rash to me!!! Especially given the small stones/gravel lodged in the skin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andibrains View Post
    Looks like road rash to me!!! Especially given the small stones/gravel lodged in the skin.
    Agree.

    Section 161 of the Highways Act 1980 (England & Wales) makes it an offence to discharge a firearm within 50 ft of the centre of a highway with vehicular rights without lawful authority or excuse, if as a result a user of the highway is injured, interrupted or endangered.

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    Thanks for the info folks, now I know for future reference, I had expected more skin damage but I guess their hide is pretty tough
    Beretta Silver Pigeon 20 Bore
    Browing X-Bolt Stainless Stalker - 30-06
    Countryside Management Diary - http://www.leagueofwrath.co.uk/cmblog/

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