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    Couple of Muntjac questions chaps

    It's looking promising that I may get permission to control the Muntjac (and possibly Roe) on about 1000 acres of mainly arable land, which has a few pockets of small spinneys and some lakes with plenty of cover around the outside.

    The farm manager culled a few (I don't know numbers yet) about 2 years ago and as this has been my main bunny/fox shooting land for the last 18 months, I've started to see a lot more deer on the ground. As far as I'm aware none have been shot since!

    I was recently told that on average you only see around 10% of the actual population of Muntjac on the land. Is this figure just for woodland or in general, as we regularly see 6-8 on the land now when we go out, which would equate to a fair number. Would this be about average for 1000 acres?

    Also as this perm is dead opposite my workplace, I regularly see a pair of Munties in the same spot around some ponds, grazing on the boundary between the hedgeline and crops. I noticed the doe today looked fairly big so may be carrying and the buck looked to have a nice head on him. Generally speaking once the young are independant, would they hang around in the same area for long, or would they venture off to populate an area of their own. Or would it depend on whether the youngsters were male or female?

    I know this next one may be land specific, but based on the limited info I have, what would be likely to be the number needed to be shot over a 12 month period to maintain a healthy population? It would be mainly recreational stalking but as I shoot here every week I could work out a management plan (with you guys help!) and maintain it very easily,

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    Stratts

    Muntjac are territorial - we often see the same animals in the same area. Once the young are independent they will be driven away, ready for when the next kid arrives.

    Answers to most of your questions will be found here: http://www.thedeerinitiative.co.uk/u...guides/167.pdf, but you should be culling 30% of your population just to keep it stable.....so now you need to work out the population

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    It's muntjac, shoot all you see... simples

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    I used to have quite a bit of private ground to stalk on, but when I left home I gave a lot of it up as I couldn't cover it very well, I still have the stalking on about 250-300 acres of woodland that I share with my dad. I shoot what I see when I see it, I took about 30 off it last year and dad will have had a few too, that has been my policy for years now and I am yet to empty it. Personally if I were you I wouldn't worry too much about a Management plan for Muntjac unles your landowner is insistant on one, get there as often as you can, enjoy your stalking and shoot what you come across.

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    If you want to read more about muntjac densities than you thought possible - and also understand the cost of preventing a population becoming established - give this a try: http://www.snh.org.uk/pdfs/publicati...eports/457.pdf

    Population densities recorded up to 120 per square km Best get out there quick

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    Point blank beat me to it.

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    Ha ha cheers fella's I'll give the manager a nudge!
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    Stratts,

    ​if you pm me your address I will send you a copy of muntjac:managing an alien species.
    "If you can't see it, you can't shoot it"

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    PM inbound mate cheers and thanks Willie I've printed a few of those guides off too
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    Quote Originally Posted by PointBlank View Post
    It's muntjac, shoot all you see... simples

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