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hendrix's rifle

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So, in the early hours of yesterday morning I bagged a nice hind using my reloads (first deer with them, result) now, she was on her own, usually there in groups, be it 3 or 4 however usually 10+. No other deer about anywhere and upon gralloching I found a foetus and found it quite interesting. Could anyone give a rough age of it? And thoughts to why the hind was on her own? Like I said earlier, to see a hind on her own seems quite odd. Anyway, the foetus was around 7 inches in length and a Male if it helps age it. There may be some backlash to this however I'd rather this than have a calf on it's own (I did take the dog, before gralloching it incase she DID have a calf)
Hind was fit and healthy, all nodes good, no liver fluke which here is a bit of a rarity and generally a nice looking beast
 

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Primate

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Its very normal to find a foetus at this time of year towards the end of the season. Infact I dont recall finding many without one in Feb/ March over the last few years, local stags obviously doing their job. As for it's age, well depends on the rut which happens in October/ November. They calf around June/ July so the foetus is approx 4 months developed. As for her being alone, nothing unusual there with reds. They don't always stick together all the time.
 

hendrix's rifle

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Its very normal to find a foetus at this time of year towards the end of the season. Infact I dont recall finding many without one in Feb/ March over the last few years, local stags obviously doing their job. As for it's age, well depends on the rut which happens in October/ November. They calf around June/ July so the foetus is approx 4 months developed. As for her being alone, nothing unusual there with reds. They don't always stick together all the time.
I semi expected to find it, it's the amount if growth it has that surprised me to be honest. As to her being on her own, there is a group here that stick together all the time so found it odd that she was on her own
 

Primate

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I semi expected to find it, it's the amount if growth it has that surprised me to be honest. As to her being on her own, there is a group here that stick together all the time so found it odd that she was on her own
The others probably weren't far away. I started to use a thermal a couple of years ago it still amazes me every time I go out.
 

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